Saturday, November 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Jhajjar villagers end blockade
Schools to reopen today; cops get ultimatum
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, November 15
Responding to the call of the panchayat held at Suhra village yesterday, three roads leading to the district headquarters were blocked by the villagers till about 5 p.m. today.

According to reports, the Gurgaon road was blocked in Dadri where about 400 persons from nearby villages had gathered. While the Badli road was blocked in Jahangirpur village, traffic also remained suspended on the Rewari road as people gathered in Silani village.

Mr Mohinder Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, said the situation had returned to normal. He informed that the district administration had summoned sarpanches and panches and persuaded them to maintain peace.

He said all the schools and educational institutions would re-open tomorrow. The prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC would be revoked.

A local Khap leader, Mr Nityanand who led the gathering in Dadri said if the police did not release their men till November 20, another mahapanchayat would be organised to decide the further course of action.

Local MLAs, MPs and other leaders would also be invited in that panchayat and if they did not cooperate, people would punish them at an appropriate time.

People from Suhra, Kiloi, Munimpur, Utlotha, Ladpur, Mimana, Akupur, Nangla, Kutani and Dadri congregated at this spot. Meanwhile, people related accounts of police atrocities, especially on women and elderly villagers, during the clashes two day ago.

They said nearly 25 women were confined to their houses with serious injuries. Many elderly persons showed their injuries to mediapersons. Among them were Ghasi Ram who received a head injury, Phool Singh and Balbir Singh.

They alleged that the police fired several rounds on that day, and beat women with lathis. They could not get medical services as the police picked them up from hospitals, and they were now forced to languish in their houses.

There are conflicting reports on damage to a portion of Dulina Police post. The villagers hold that the post was deliberately damaged by the police just to defame the villagers. They said that a television news channel had shown the footage in which policemen were destroying the post.

But the Deputy Commissioner maintained that the police had abandoned the post after the clashes. He said on hearing that the police had resorted to firing in Dulina, people reached the post and damaged it and also attempted to set it on fire.

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