Villagers, who’ve been sitting on a dharna in entrance of a distillery and ethanol plant in Ferozepur’s Mansurwal for almost 5 months demanding its closure, refused to relent regardless of minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal reaching out to them on Saturday. They with the assist of some farmer unions have been holding the protest in entrance of the plant, claiming that it was polluting underground water in a number of villages within the space, moreover inflicting air air pollution.
In a late night growth, police booked 14 folks by identify moreover 100-125 unidentified individuals for allegedly blocking the best way of personnel going to carry out duties on the dharna website and holding an illustration on the T-point highway going in direction of the ethanol plant from Ratol Rohi village in Zira sub-division.
Earlier within the day, Punjab Minister for Rural Growth and Panchayat Dhaliwal assured the protesters on all the selections which had been agreed upon between their delegation and the federal government.
The protest is being held underneath the banner of the Sanjha Zira Morcha since July 24.
These booked on Saturday face fees underneath varied Indian Penal Code sections together with these pertaining to assault or legal pressure to discourage public servant from discharge of his obligation, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant and rioting. They’ve been additionally charged underneath the Nationwide Freeway Act by the Zira police.
In the meantime, District Justice of the Peace Amrit Singh has appointed Obligation Magistrates for round the clock supervision of the dharna website as much as December 27.
Within the orders handed Saturday night, virtually a dozen officers from varied departments have been placed on an eight hours roster as obligation magistrates to forestall any untoward scenario and preserve watch on the protest website.
Earlier, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had on Friday night held a gathering with a delegation of agitators in Chandigarh to handle their points.
Interacting with the protesters on Saturday, Dhaliwal assured them of defending their pursuits and added particular fact-finding committees comprising consultants from varied fields will probably be arrange on this regard.
Earlier within the assembly of the protesters held with the CM, the state authorities had determined that the residents will probably be given one other alternative to current their case together with objections referring to the plant earlier than one of many committees.
Within the assembly, it was additionally determined to represent an professional committee from Punjab Agricultural College Ludhiana to determine the declining productiveness of crops and one other committee comprising consultants from Baba Farid College of Well being Sciences, Faridkot to take a look at unfold of illnesses as alleged by the protesters.
In response to sources, the chief minister had additionally assured them to represent one other committee of consultants from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences College (GADVASU) Ludhiana to seek out out the explanation behind the deaths of the cattle throughout the latest occasions and different committee of high-level officers to examine contamination of water within the space close to Mansurwal as alleged by the protesters.
Later, whereas exhorting the protesters to shift the dharna 300 metre away in accordance with the directions of the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket, Dhaliwal stated the state authorities was dedicated to defending the atmosphere and supply secure potable water to them, nevertheless, they need to observe the orders of the court docket.
After speaking to the protesters, Dhaliwal went again with none remaining consequence on the additional plan of action.
Earlier the scenario had remained tense over the past two days and heavy police had been deployed on the dharna website.
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