Peeved about illegal mining at the banks of the Ravi river leading to the change in the course of water to Gaggrewal village, 35 km from here, village residents and mass organisations have been protesting since yesterday.

In connivance with the ruling party, influential persons of the village were digging sand from the river banks, Kirti Kisan Union senior vice-president Datar Singh and Pendu Mazdoor Union leader Pooran Singh alleged today.