Twenty-Six Men Arrested in Tuesday's Anti-Encroachment Riot

Patna SSP Manu Maharaj holding a press conference on Wednesday.

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Patna: After combing through several hours of video footage obtained from several surveillance cameras in the region, police in Patna on late Tuesday night arrested 26 men and charged them with inciting riot, assaulting law-enforcement officials, destroying government and private properties and disturbing peace during an anti-encroachment drive in Rajiv Nagar on Tuesday morning.

As reported, the rioters on Ashiana Nagar- Digha Road torched two expensive earth-movers and police vehicles when a demolition team arrived in the area to destroy illegally-constructed structures, including homes built over quarter of a century ago.

Nearly two dozen police were hurt after protestors attacked them with bricks, stones, bottles and other objects, many requiring surgeries at local hospitals.

The arrested men were presented before a court and sent to Patna's Beur Jail.

Meanwhile, life was trying to limp back to normal though sign and smell of yesterday's clash could still be felt in the air.

Despite beefed up security in the area, several women who stand to lose their place that they called home for decades sat on a dharna to protest the administration's decision to demolish their properties.

"This is our only home that we built with the our sweat and blood. Where will we go if it's destroyed?" asked a woman.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said raids were on to arrest more people who were involved in yesterday's incident.

"The residents had help from the land mafia to start a clash with the law enforcement officials. We are still going through the video footage and when found, guilty will not be spared," he said.

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