February 3, 2015 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Bhuj, Gujarat: The issue pertaining to wrongful registration of a criminal case against certain Sikh farmers inhabiting Kutch area of Gujarat is now surrounded by confusion. India’s National Commission of Minorities (NCM) maintains that the issue has already been resolved whereas the victim farmers tells a different story. Farmers say that nothing concrete has happened so far and farmers still face the victimization.
Notably Sikh farmers were attacked by a gang of goons in relation to some land measurement dispute.
Minority commission member Ajaib Singh reportedly told Hindustan Times (HT) that NCM has taken up the matter with the Gujarat chief secretary and he has sent the police and the district administration to meet the farmers, besides assuring to withdraw the case and also help them get their land back.
He added that the commission’s team was to visit Gujarat to take stock of the situation but that was postponed by a week “so that we get a report from the state government before reaching there”.
According to Ajaib Singh, the station house officer (SHO) who booked the farmers has been transferred, and the FIR would also be cancelled “in due course”. Those assaulted the farmers were arrested, he claimed.
But according to a news reports by the Hindustan Times (HT), a farmer from Loria village said, “It would be too late after a week; nobody will listen to us. The minority panel must visit now.” The land, measurement of which was objected to by the farmers is 300 acres, owned by 22 families.
“Out of these 22 families, 15 have been illegally divested of their rights over the land and seven families who have the rights are also being forced by the encroachers to leave,” said Amandeep Singh, 52, whose family migrated to Loria from Faridkot in 1970 when he was seven years old.
“We have really worked to make this barren land fertile, and now some local people want to throw us out illegally. The government is also not willing to acquire it officially,” added Amandeep Singh.
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