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Farmers resent police ‘inaction’ in canal water theft cases

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Fazilka, August 30

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Sidhupura) has expressed resentment over police “inaction” in canal water theft cases. The activists, led by its district president Pragat Singh, submitted a letter to the Fazilka SDM and said as many as 53 persons, most of them affluent farmers, had been booked from May 2018 till July 2020 for water theft from different canals but no action had been taken against them so far.

The activists said the offenders had been enjoying patronisation of the officials and political masters concerned and the farmers whose land fell at the tail end of the canals had to suffer for want of desired water during the peak season.

BKU leader Davinder Saharan said although there was no scarcity of water these days due to continuous rain but in the coming days, the farmers would need more water to irrigate their standing crops, particularly paddy and cotton, hence the habitual offenders should be prevented from stealing the canal water well in time.

The farmers have alleged that they were being threatened by some persons for raising the issue.

Meanwhile, Fazilka DSP Jasbir Singh said he was unaware of the matter but as soon as it would be brought to his knowledge, suitable action would be taken against the offenders.

from The Tribune

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