Anti-Encroachment Drive Turns Violent in the State Capital

Anti-encroachment drive on Boring Road Crossing in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: The ongoing anti-encroachment drive in Patna turned ugly on Thursday when shop-owners on Nala Road and Boring Road Crossing put up strong resistance against the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) workers saying they had no prior knowledge of the move resulting in a loss of several thousand rupees in demolished structure.

On Nala Road, hundreds of shop-owners blocked the road to prevent heavy machineries from tearing down illegal extensions of the shops that took up a large chunk of the road making it appear much narrower than it would normally be.

At one point, protestors began pelting stones at the PMC workers who had to abandon their earth-movers and run for safety. Several people, including many cops, were hurt in the incident

Seeing the situation getting out of control, police resorted to mild lathi charge in which some shop-keepers were hurt.

Protest against anti-encroachment drive on Nala Road on Thursday.Protest against anti-encroachment drive on Nala Road on Thursday.

Meanwhile, similar scene was witnessed at Boring Road Crossing where workers demolished a number of illegal structures in and around the temple to make room for sidewalks and to send a strong message to squatters who have grabbed the public land for their personal use.

PMC Deputy Commissioner Vishal Anand said the drive, in compliance with the High Court order, would continue across the state capital to make Patna encroachment-free.

"Tough legal actions will be taken against those who resist the demolition of illegal construction and it is in their interest to cooperate with the authority," he said.

Officials collected more than Rs. 3 lakh in fine from violators of the local zoning laws.

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