Ousted villagers living under open sky on outskirts of Ganeshpura village
Ousted villagers living under open sky on outskirts of Ganeshpura village

Susner (Agar Malwa district, Madhya Pradesh): Amid ongoing pandemic, 18 people of a village from Susner development block have been forcibly driven out their own village and are running from pillar to post to get help. They want to go back to their village Ganeshpura where they have farms and houses.

The case pertains to Ravi Dholi who eloped with a married woman belonging to another caste of his village on March 11, 2021. After this, the girl's family members lodged complaint at police station and asked the boy's family to bring their daughter back.

The influential family members and sarpanch’s representative forcibly drove out Dholi’s relatives, 18 in number, from Ganeshpura saying that they cannot enter the village till their daughter returns.

Woman’s family members Bharat Goswami, Govind Gir, Ashok Gir attacked family members of Ravi and damaged their properties
Woman’s family members Bharat Goswami, Govind Gir, Ashok Gir attacked family members of Ravi and damaged their properties

On March 28, the boy's family members left the village in search of Ravi. Meanwhile, woman’s family members Bharat Goswami, Govind Gir, Ashok Gir attacked family members of Ravi and damaged their property.

Though the ousted villagers have sought help of their relatives in other village to help them enter Ganeshpura, the latter refused to entertain their plea. As a result, 18 people are living on village outskirts under open sky for the last three months. They include women and children.

During preliminary investigation, it was revealed that girl was married in Chhayda village of Rajasthan few months back. Since Ravi and the girl had a love affair before marriage, they ran away and are still untraceable.

Pappu Rao, elder brother of Ravi, said they are tired of seeking justice from police and administration. “No one is ready to listen to us,” he said.

Pappu said they lodged complaint against 14 people including village sarpanch’s representative Nirjan Gir on April 2. Then, they visited Agar district superintendent of police office and district collector on April 7 and April 8 respectively but no action was taken.

“Niranjan Gir has threatened to kill us if anyone of us dared to enter village even after he gave a written assurance to police to allow us to enter the village on May 26,” Pappu said. “We want protection and should be allowed to stay in our houses,” Pappu added with tearful eyes.

However, Susner police station incharge Sanjay Singh Rajput said an agreement has been made between both the parties. Boys' relatives should go to their houses. “If there is any problem, then they should report to police. The search is on for boy and the girl who fled the village,” Rajput said.

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