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But there is a growing sense in the army that it was being socially marginalised. fields lined with tall poplars and eucalyptus.Notwithstanding the razor wire strung on a fence in the near distance the view from the top of Gurwinder Singh’s double-storey house in this village – 700 metres from Zero Line the International Boundary between India and Pakistan – could have been one of unmatched rural idyll had it been another day or another place But a day after the Punjab government acting on the Union Home Ministry’s advice ordered evacuation of all villages in a 10 km radius of the border even the prettiest sight takes ominous hues Most of the 450 people in the village left in panic But as the sun dawned on Friday many returned worried about their crop homes animals and confused about whether there was a real threat from across the border “Most people left last evening after the warning I came back this morning to feed my animals and water the fields In ten days my paddy will be ripen and it will be time to harvest it but everything is up in the air now” said Gurwinder The BSF did not open the black gate on the razor wire fence this morning to allow farmers to access their fields between the fence and Zero Line Of the nine acres owned by Gurwinder’s family six lie beyond the fence There is no fence separating his land from that of Pakistani farmers on the other side “If we can’t harvest it it will all go waste” said Gurwinder On his mind is a Rs 6 lakh loan from the “arthiya” or commission agent at the mandi that he took three years ago to add a floor and more rooms to his house and for his marriage He repays by pledging the crop to the arthiya “Maybe the government will pay some compensation” he said recalling that during the Kargil war there was a similar evacuation but the Army laid mines in the area and villagers could not return to the fields for over a year On Thursday in the midst of the evacuation Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal asked farmers not to panic and not to harvest before the crop had ripened But with uncertainty looming many men in Roranwala returned in the morning after leaving their wives and children in Amritsar with relatives Gurwinder his wife one-year-old-daughter parents and brother had left after packing a few clothes on Thursday night They travelled by car to Chheharta in Amritsar to stay with his father’s aunt Gurwinder was one of the few men who returned to the village with his entire family but like other men in the village he said he was taking no chances and returning to Chheharta in the evening “If something really happens the enemy won’t spare women and children But maybe in five or six days our government and Pakistan will sort things out” he said “This village is famous for Basmati 1121 and Parmal (two rice varieties) The Parmal has ripened but we can cut it only if there is peace and calm” said Sukhdev Singh another villager “Some people have to cut in five days some in ten” Sukhdev said the announcement for evacuation was made from the village gurdwara at around 2 pm “The Block Development Officer called the sarpanch at noon and told him the details The sarpanch made the announcement” Sukhdev said recalling that though the village has seen India-Pakistan wars in the past this was the first time there was an announcement asking people to leave With the gates to the fields closed and no work to do men who had returned sat in the village square next to the gurdwara “Veley baithein hain (We are sitting jobless)” said one of them Raghubir Singh 87 said he was among the few who had not left the village “It’s our village all our possessions are here — our crops our animals Can’t leave it all and go away I can tell you there will be no trouble” he said He pointed to the trade that was continuing at the Attari Integrated Check Post 2 km from the village “Pakistani buses are coming and going And our soldiers are also not moving to the border These are signs to watch out for if trouble is coming” he said On instructions from the top leadership of the ruling Akali Dal ministers and MLAs visited border villages all morning reassuring people that “everything would be taken care of” “Government is ready to address every problem” said Animal Husbandry Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike whose constituency Attari is particularly affected “Compensation will be paid if the crop cannot be harvested Centre will pay” His son Lali Ranike who was accompanying him on the rounds said earlier governments “used to wait for the first bomb or shell to fall and then ask to people to leave We have taken advance measures” Assembly elections are due in Punjab early next year A government official on evacuation duty said this was the opportunity for the Akali Dal to “reconnect” with people and mobilise supporters “This kind of work is not possible by officials alone The political worker on the ground is of crucial importance and the Akalis are going all out” he said Ranike said that for villagers reluctant to leave the government was organising all help “We have asked them to form committees of six or seven people If anyone has a complaint they should go to the committee and the committee will inform me” the minister said In Roranwala the evacuation had an unexpected fallout and it is unlikely that any minister can do anything about it Gurwinder’s cousin had received a marriage proposal and just the day before the evacuation his prospective in-laws had come to see him The two families had exchanged photographs of the prospective bride and groom “Yesterday they called to say they were not interested” said Gurwinder “They probably decided after watching the news” For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Manoj Dattatrye More | Shingnapur (ahmednagar) | Updated: December 3 2015 12:48 am The ‘doodh abhishek’ is carried out every day as an age-old practice says Nitin Shette a trustee (Express Photo) Related News With their village famous for houses adopting “open-door” policy getting a bad name overnight residents of Shani Shingnapur trustees of the temple and the temple priest have clarified that women are treated equal to men and have never been insulted at the temple They also claimed that no ‘purification’ ritual was carried out after a woman entered the shrine last week The village and temple administration attacked television channels “for presenting a distorted image” of the village They also denied that women were barred from the shrine “Who told you a purification (doodh abhishek) was carried out at the temple And who told you women are discriminated…it might be happening in other states but not here…” said Nitin Shette a trustee “If anyone says a purification process was carried out after a woman climbed the barricaded platform it is a bid to spread false information and harm the image of the temple The ‘doodh abhishek’ is carried out every day as an age-old practice and not because of any untoward happening” said Shette adding that men and women were treated equally and doors of the temple premises were open to all Corroborating his views Swapanrao Bankar another trustee said “Whatever television channels are showing don’t believe in them To increase TRP they have taken to presenting false information” Shette said television channels had done disservice to the village by blaming it for insulting women “There is no question of insulting women They are free to offer prayers like men They can move freely within the temple Anybody can come here and experience it first hand…women are treated with full respect” Bankar said women who climbed the shrine were not aware that nobody was permitted in that area “There was a small opening to the shrine area That day it was not barricaded The woman apparently from a far-off place climbed the area…” Bankar said women and men both were prohibited in that area “This is because we want to keep the shrine neat and clean Also there is oil on the floor The chances of devotees falling and hurting themselves cannot be ruled out” he said Temple pujari Sanjay Joshi said a “doodh abhishek” did take place but that was regular “It is a daily practice…No villager told me they wanted to perform an abhishekh for purifying the shrine If anybody is saying anything like this it is a lie” Village sarpanch Balasaheb Bankar too denied that villagers performed any purification process or protested against the so-called defiling He said “dhoodh abhishekh” was performed twice a day and it was a regular process adding that villagers neither recommended nor carried out any purification process His father Vinoba Bankar slammed those spreading “falsehoods” The temple administration which suspended six security personnel explained that the action was carried out as they allowed a security breach For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, SP ( law and order).hours after his remarks 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