September 6, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi/ Gujrat, India (September 06, 2013): According to a news published at India Today Online: [a]round 5,000 Sikh farmers from the Kutch region in Gujarat have accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to evict them from the land they have been tilling since 1965 after calling them grabbers and outsiders.
According to a report in The Hindu, the farmers have now approached the Supreme Court after the state government refused to abide by a Gujarat High Court bench directive.
The Hindu has quoted one farmer Lakshman Singh Brar as saying Modi met recently “threatened them with dire consequences if they did not surrender the land and leave.”
The farmers were speaking a press conference in New Delhi on September 05, 2013 with the support of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS).
The report quoted another farmer who said their families relocated from Punjab and Haryana on the assurance of then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and tilled the arid land to grow cotton and wheat.
An AIKS leader said the Gujarat Government wanted to hand over the land for real estate.
The Kutch district collector, said the farmers, froze their land revenue accounts, alleging they were “outsiders”.
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