21 patwaris, 16 panchayat secys held captive in Sangrur - ECAS Punjab

21 patwaris, 16 panchayat secys held captive in Sangrur

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, November 5

At least 21 patwaris and 16 panchayat secretaries along with a naib tehsildar and block development and panchayat officer (BDPO) were illegally confined at Bahadurpur village here today.

Row over farm fires

We released all officials in the evening after the SDM promised us that there will be no FIR against any farmer for stubble burning. - Bhupinder Longowal, Kirti Kisan Union

Surprisingly, such a high number of officials reached in a village to get released two of their colleagues, but without any proper

security arrangement.

Sources said when patwari Rakesh Kumar and a secretary went to a field to check stubble burning, farmers gheraoed them. Later, they gheraoed more officials when they went to get their colleagues released. The incident has badly affected the functioning of the rural development and revenue departments in the Sangrur block.

"We have held patwaris, panchayat secretaries and a BDPO captive as they have been harassing farmers. When the government is unwilling to help us in managing stubble without burning it, officials should not compel and harass us," said Jasdeep Singh, district president of the Kirti Kisan Union.

Patwaris and secretaries were forced to sit among farmers, who raised slogans against the Punjab Government. Despite repeated requests, the farmers did not release them while the number of protesting farmers increased in the evening.

"At least 21 patwaris of the Sangrur tehsil reached here to get released patwari Rakesh Kumar. We later called naib tehsildar KK Mittal but the farmers did not allow us to leave the fields and misbehaved with us," said Didar Singh, Sangrur district president of the Patwari Union.

Sangrur BDPO Lenin Garg said he, along with 16 panchayat secretaries, were in illegal confinement and trying to convince farmers.

"We have nothing personal against any farmer. Farmers should understand the importance of environment and shun stubble burning," Garg said.

Sangrur Deputy Commissioner Ramvir said, "The senior officials should not have gone to Bahadurpur together as it created a problem for us. Farmers should understand that officials are only working on the directions of

the Supreme Court to prevent stubble burning."

The officials were finally released late evening. "We have released all officials after the Sangrur SDM promised us that there will be no FIR against any farmer for stubble burning," said Bhupinder Longowal, state convener of the youth wing of the Kirti Kisan Union.



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