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Residents oppose tests at Sangrur tehsil office

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Sangrur, September 1

Officials at Sangrur tehsil had been allegedly compelling residents to undergo Covid-19 tests before registration of their sale and purchase deeds and other official works.

"Senior officials at the tehsil are forcing residents to get tested for Covid to get their work done. It's a strategy adopted by officials to mint money from people who refuse to undergo tests," said Gurdev Singh Tunga, district vice-president, BKU (Lakhowal).

He filed a complaint with DC Ramvir Singh. "People visit the tehsil for official work after spending a lot on paper work. The staff is refusing to conduct work. The government should order a probe into it," he said.

Another resident said the decision has sent locals into a tizzy.

Tehsildar Rajpal Singh Sekhon denied that his staff had sought money and said the SDM Office had deputed a medical team for testing at the tehsil. "Tests are essential to check spread of the pandemic. We are just asking residents to get themselves tested. They are levelling baseless allegations to avoid testing," he said.

The DC said, "I have directed the staff at the tehsil office that tests should be done after convincing residents. We cannot force people to undergo tests. I will look into the matter."— TNS

from The Tribune

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