Haryana village 'boycotts' policemen

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Karnal, Sep 16 (UNI) A village in Haryana has decided to 'boycott' the men in 'khaki' (cops) to protest against their alleged highhanded approach and habit of taking away articles from shops without dishing out even a penny from their bulginb pockets.

The shopkeepers of Byana village in the district have boycotted all policemen and have taken a vow not to sell anything to them, even if they pay for the goods.

''We will not serve or sell the cops anything, be it tea or even a needle'', sweet shop owner Anil Kumar of the village today stated.

The vice-president of the Byana Market Association, Mr Vinod Goyal said that if anyone of the village sells anything to a policeman, he will be boycotted and fined Rs 500.

The boycott is running into the fourth day today. The 'boycott' seems to have had the desired impact as during the last four days not a single cop was seen at the shops in the villages, not even in tea stalls or under the mango tree where a barber shaves beards or cuts hair.

SSP A S Chawla when contected claimed that the boycott of the police was due to the action taken against certain shopkeepers who serves liquor in their shops. Even the Panchayat of the village has come out in support of the police action and have criticised the boycott.


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