The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Committee on Friday on December 23rd, concluded its five day protest outside the district collectors office in Sangrur. For 5 continuous days the dalit agricultural labourers waged a relentless battle for their demands.
Prominent leaders were Bikar Singh Hathua,Paramjit Longowal, and Gurvinder Shahdari who expressed that they would placed the demands before the DPO of Sangur and the SP.These included distribution of 10 marlas of land to every dalit labourer family, investigating all cases of violating law on aspect of Nuzul land by farmers not enlisted as members in the cooperative society in Dehkali village, opposing search warrants on activists and removal of repressive laws etc.
Sadly on Sunday last, women activist Amarjeet Kaur was hospitalised in the civil hospital. Activists pledged that if her health aggravates they would hold the administration responsible.
The administration declared it would get back on Monday, however till now it has fulfilled none of the demands.Inspite of the administration being shaken at many a juncture by the resilience of the dalit community , it has become it’s virtual habit of reverting it’s promises. Negotiations are virtually of no avail.
Other prominent activists participating were Gurvinder Singh, Paramjeet Singh, Gurdas Singh, Kuldeep Singh, and Gurpreet Singh.
The ZPSC is now engaged in full swing preparations for martyrdom conference of Gurdev Kaur,who symbolised resistance of dalit women.
Harsh Thakor is a freelance journalist who has covered mass movements in India and has frequently toured Punjab