Vadodara: Two cops injured in protest against encroachment drive

Vadodara: Two policemen were injured on Tuesday when a mob allegedly set on fire a police outpost and their six two-wheelers as they protested an encroachment drive by the civic body on Ajwa Road, the police said.

File photo of Gujarat police. AFP

File photo of Gujarat police. AFP

"The mob of nearly 200 people attacked the officials of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) when they reached Suleiman-Ni-Chal locality to carry out demolition. They set on fire a police chowki, six two-wheelers of policemen and also pelted stones," Joint Commissioner of Police DJ Patel said.

"Two policemen sustained minor injuries and 50 Special Reserve Police personnel, along with local policemen were deployed to control the situation," he said and added, "ten teargas shells were also fired by police to disperse the mob".

The VMC, which is on a major demolition drive across the city as part of the Smart Cities project, had issued a notice on 28 May and gave three days time to people who were living "illegally" in the locality and evacuate the places.

The people erected around 227 temporary houses on a plot which is reserved for a garden.

Meanwhile, VMC Commissioner HS Patel said the situation has been brought under control and the demolition was being carried out as planned.

"This is an effort (by mob) to stop demolition, but we are determined to carry out the operation. We know the drive is good for the city and we are not targeting any person, a group or a community but doing it as part of the Smart Cities project," he told reporters.

"The notice was served on 28 May and VMC officials on Monday visited the spot to check the situation. It was found that none of residents had evicted the places. Hence, VMC was forced to carry out the demolition drive," another VMC official said.

Updated Date: May 31, 2016 17:27 PM

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