Paharpur residents protest land acquisition for open university
Residents of Paharpur village today protested against the district administration over acquisition of land for Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Punjab State Open University. Earlier, the administration had identified 42 acre of land at Tarora Kalan village, the acquisition of which was cancelled by the government after a strong protest by the village residents. Residents of Paharpur village, accompanied by farmers associated with the Krantikari Kisan Union, said the state government was trying to acquire land in their village for establishment of an open university.
Sukhwinder Singh Tullewal and Dara Singh Paharpur said, “We are against the acquisition of land. The government wants to acquire 30 acres of panchayat land being cultivated by small farmers. Some of the farmers have one or two acres of land and after that it will become difficult for them to earn their livelihood. If the land is acquired they will lose their income source.”
Farmers said the administration had earlier tried to acquire land at Tarora Kalan village but faced protests. Officials of Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Punjab State Open University said the administration had issued an allotment letter for 42 acre of land at Tarora Kalan village, but farmers protest compelled the authorities to withdraw the decision.