Excise officers held ‘captive’ by sugarcane growers in Dhuri
Sangrur, September 14
Angered over the delay within the cost of round Rs 9 crore, sugarcane growers saved senior officers of the Income and Excise Departments in unlawful “confinement” in Dhuri for round six hours. Additionally they didn’t enable the administration to conduct the public sale of the Dhuri sugar mill to get well the dues.
“Right now our two members climbed over the chimney of the sugar mill and we now have began an indefinite protest. We additionally gheraoed Tehsildar, Naib Tehsildar, Kanungo and Excise Taxation Officer (ETO) and one other officer within the mill and allowed them to go away within the night after the administration assured fast motion,” stated Harjeet Singh Bugra, chairman, Sugarcane Growers’ Wrestle Committee.
Bugra alleged that ETO and different officers claimed that mill had not paid the taxes in crores and so they had come to get well their cash.
“Although the dues had been pending for the previous round 40 years, the Excise Division by no means bothered about it. Right now, when the administration was about to begin the public sale for the restoration of our cash, the officers got here to the spot. We won’t raise the dharna until the discharge of the pending quantity,” stated Bugra.
Dhuri SDM Amit Gupta confirmed that the excise authorities had written to him their dues, however he refused to touch upon it because the matter was sub judice.
“Our officers weren’t held captive, however actually we had been negotiating with protesters to persuade them to finish their protest. Since as we speak no bidder got here for the public sale, we now have deferred it,” stated Gupta.