Land Forcefully Taken From Farmers Being Quickly Fortified

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An elderly couple, whose 24 acres of land and house has been forcefully acquired by the Punjab Government for Indiabulls to set up a thermal power project, alleged that the police was threatening to occupy their house forcefully. Though the land is in name of their daughter and son-in-law, the couple had been cultivating the land. “Such pressure tactics remind us of barbarian British rule.

GOBINDPURA – While farmers continue their protests against forceful land acquisition, senior vice- president of Indiabulls, Alok Aggarwal claimed that construction of 10-km boundary wall to fortified the forcefully taken land would be completed within next two months.

Aggarwal said all such projects face protest and hence authorities executing project should not bother about such public outcry. “If people are protesting, it means we are on the right track. We will complete the project within stipulated time frame with the support of the Punjab Government,” he claimed.

Power subsidiary of Indiabulls, Poena Power has started construction of boundary wall at the rear end of village on Tuesday, which commuters and farmers do not use frequently as compared to entrance from the Baretta-Budhlada village side.

Despite having started construction of the boundary wall, he, however, added that official work on the project was yet to begin. “We will complete project within 32 months once it begins officially,” he claimed.

The government first took over our land and now it’s eying our house,” said a wailing Surjeet Kaur. Surjeet and her husband, Mahinder Singh, both aged above 60, said the police was now trying to vacate them from the house using unfair means.

Though the land is in name of their daughter and son-in-law, the couple had been cultivating the land. “Such pressure tactics remind us of barbarian British rule.