Water supply restored to Dalits’ homes in Sangrur’s Tolewal village
Sangrur, February 13After the intervention of the senior authorities on the directions of the Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission, the water supply to the houses of Dalits has been restored at Tolewal village.“On Wednesday, we received information that the water supply to the houses of Dalits at Tolewal had been stopped by some upper caste men by locking the village tubewell. Though tubewell was for all villagers, upper caste families had put their submersible pumps in it. This was causing problems to Dalit families,” said Poonam Kangra, a member of the commission.Kangra said some Dalits also alleged that they were facing problems from some upper caste men.
“We immediately took up the matter with the senior authorities for quick action,” she said.Last evening, chairperson of the commission Tejinder Kaur also sought a detailed report from the Sangrur authorities about the incident.In July 2019, 15 persons had suffered injuries during a clash between two groups at Tolewal village over the auction of reserved land for Dalits from the village common land. The Dalits had alleged that the members of upper caste families attacked them over it.“The tension between Dalits and upper caste has been persisting since long at Tolewal, but the administration has not been taking appropriate steps. Earlier, the auction was not allowed and later water supply was stopped,” alleged Mukesh Malaud, president of Zameen Prapati Sangharsh Committee, who has been supporting Tolewal Dalits in their fight to take possession of reserved land from the village common land.“The sarpanch lodged a complaint with the Amargarh police on Tuesday evening that the water supply has been stopped. We immediately took action and restored the water supply. In fact, the tubewell was locked by a contractor, who had not received his dues for constructing it. We are conducting further inquiry,” said Malerkotla SDM Vikramjit Singh Panthey.
Courtesy : The Tribune