Based Christian family today had to cover over 50 km — from Mansa to Gobindpura village — for the burial of a family member. And even after putting in all that effort, they found it to be a graveyard for the Muslims.

Priya (25) had died recently in an accident. Her father Pastor Prem Sharma said, “It is painful to see that we have no place to bury our loved ones after death.”

Pastor Samuel Sidhu, president, Mansa Pastor Union, claimed that after the burial, they got to know that the graveyard belonged to the Muslim community.

In the spirit of brotherhood, the Muslim community gave its assent and even offered to serve tea, claimed SDM Mansa Kala Ram Kansal and Ranbir Singh, sarpanch of Gobindpura village.

The Christian community has been struggling for the past 10 years to get some land for a graveyard. The community was promised two acres in Jawaharke village of Mansa but due to a land dispute, the land could not be allotted to them. In Budhlada town, the members were promised 12 kanals of land by the administration in 2011, but nothing concrete has happened on the ground.

Pastor Sidhu said, “We have been demanding land for a graveyard for a long time from politicians coming here. The SAD-BJP government in 2011 promised us land in Budhlada. The Budhlada municipal council has passed the resolution, but has not issued the final notification.” SDM Kansal admitted that the community is yet to get the notification for a graveyard.