For a piece of 161 acres of land it seems that the villagers of Bhai Rupa in Rampura Phull area have decided to fight with the state government. Since May 7, a tussle is going on between the langar committee of this village and Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee(SGPC) regarding the ownership of this land and yesterday five villagers were also arrested by police which further sparked the anger among the villagers.
To take political mileage- the new Faridkot MP Prof Sadhu Singh of Aam Admi Party (AAP) today came to meet the villagers and assured his full support. However the area MLA and Education Minister of Punjab- Sikander Singh Maluka has been going with SGPC and he even snubbed police for not taking proper action. Hence none of SAD representative met the villagers and rather vilagersa are up in arms against the state government for their ‘diktat’.
Raja Singh, a villager and member of Bharti Kisan Union(Ugrahan) said,” already SAD has suffered in Lok Sabha elections and they will suffer more the way they are going. Maluka is against us and so he will repent in the coming elections.” A tight security can be seen around the village as a matter of precaution while villagers are all set to set a protest rally tomorrow as well as on May 29 within the village.
It needs to be mentioned that this village is having more than 17,000 voters and hence it is important area of the constituency. The land in question was being used by Bhai Rup Chand Langar Committee for more than 3 centuries as per the villagers’ for agriculture purposes and the income of of the produce was being used in running the expenses of langar. But for the past 10 years- this land was being given on contract to about 50-60 families who used to earn their living while contract amount was again used by langar committee. However on May 7 when villagers were about to auction the land for the next paddy season- it was interrupted by SGPC and a clash had also happened between both the groups. Yesterday villagers- Sukhdev Singh, Anand Singh, Harjinder Singh, Hardeep Singh and Ajmer Singh all langar committee members were arrested by police who were part of that clash.
Meanwhile langar committee had also filed a case in Bathinda court which had maintained status quo till May 31. Shingara Singh Mann, district in charge BKU(Ugrahan) added,”a stiff attitude of Government over a piece of land is not justified and it has invited ire of public at large. Villagers are united and we will be supporting them in all ways and means.”