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Badal seeks info on Sikh farmer attack.

PUNJAB Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday said that he has sought details about the alleged attack on Sikh farmers in Gujarat by the local land mafia. Badal assured the families of affected Sikhs that he will pursue the case with the Gujarat government as soon as he gets the requisite information.

" I have already sought the entire information in this regard and effective steps would be taken only after this," the chief minister said in Dhuri.

On Saturday, a Sikh farmer, Jagjit Singh, was seriously injured in an attack allegedly carried out by a group of local farmers in Loria village of Bhuj district. More than a dozen Sikh farmers have fled from the village and more than 20 farmers are living in fear.

This was the second attack on Sikhs in Gujarat within a month.

The Sikh farmers have alleged that local farmers in connivance with the leaders of the ruling party want to oust them from Gujarat. The farmers

farmers were attacked when the demarcation of their land was being done by an agency hired by the state government.

Speaking to M AIL T ODAY , Lachchman Singh Brar, a representative of Gujarat Sikh farmers, said that instead of lending a helping hand to the farmers, police in Bhuj has registered FIRs against the victims who were attacked.

One of the Sikh farmers, Sukhdev Singh, who was injured in the earlier attack,

" The Gujarat government has ordered the demarcation of our land but locals are not allowing the agency to demarcate the land owned by the Sikhs. My father was attacked and our vehicles were damaged by the goons.

Despite the attack they have registered a case against us," Sukhdev's son Amardeep Singh said.

has been admitted to a local hospital in Kotkapura in Punjab.

He had fled from Gujarat fearing for his life last week.

The police has also registered FIR against him.

Sikh farmers allege ruling party's hand

The Gujarat govt has ordered the demarcation of our land but locals are not allowing the agency to demarcate the land owned by the Sikhs.

' ' -- Amardeep Singh, a Sikh farmer

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Date:Jan 28, 2015
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