Two villages of Doaba region boycotted the elections today to protest against the government. Only eight persons — four from each village — cast their vote, that too because they were living outside the villages.
Residents of Dhadiala villages in Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha constituency under Tanda Urmur Vidhan Sabha Assembly segment said that Ravinder Singh Rinku, a young government teacher, was killed on March 9 but police had not taken any action.
Sarpanch Gurjit Singh Chauhan said the entire village had decided to boycott the election against the injustice. The village has 837 votes.
ARO Darbara Singh said they had tried to convince the villagers to vote but to no avail.
Phulewal village in Kapurthala also boycotted elections to protest the closing of a government elementary school. The school was running for 45 years, but it was closed and merged with another school six months back. The village, which has a population of 1500 and 440 votes, had demanded that the school be reopened.
DEO cum DC DS Mangat said the school was closed under the government’s rationalisation policy as there were too few students.