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KATHUA: Large numbers of the people from border villages namely Marheen, Pansar Maniyari, Haria Chak staged a protest against the civil administration and police in Kathua for favouring a person who allegedly attacked a Sarpanch. They also express their resentment over arrest of two villagers who were involved in blocking the highway at Chadwal during a protest demonstration.
According to a report, on Nov 28, 2017 Makhan Din Gujjar son of Sobar resident of Baniyari attacked a Sarpanch Rakesh Kumar who got serious injuries and was shifted to SDH Hiranagar from where he was referred to GMC Jammu. Accused Makhan Din is evading arrest and alleged to have taken shelter somewhere in Jammu.
On Nov 29, 2017 the villagers had blocked the highway at Chadwal against the failure of the police and civil administration for not taking action against the culprit and demanded eviction of the total land under the illegal possession of Gujjars. “On the same day, police and civil administration took action against the protestors and filed a case against the villagers namely Tara Chand and Ghar Singh of Village Haria Chack and Maniyari instead of arresting the attacker” protesters alleged.
A large number of people of aforesaid villages including women and members of various organisations again staged protest and demanded slapping of PSA against the attacker.
On receiving the information, Suleman Choudhary SSP Kathua, Rohit Khajuria DC Kathua reached on the spot and assured to release both the villagers booked for blocking highway.
Those who were the part of protest included Jammu Kashmir Sarpanch Conference President Anil Sharma , Bajrang Dal State Convener Neevan Sudhan, District VHP President J.R Sharma, BJP District President Prem Nath Dogra, Capt. Gian Singh Pathania, Bishan Bharti, Vijay Thagotra, Jatinder Singh Papu, Kartar Singh Jasrotia, Harmohan Singh, Shashipaul Sharma , Parshotam Singh.
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