Many Cops Hurt during Anti-Encroachment Drive in Patna

Riot scene in Digha on Saturday.

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Patna: With riots and lathi charges now the new daily normal for Bihar’s state capital, Saturday was no exception as people in Digha-Rajiv Nagar area clashed with the police after gun-toting police jawans surrounded and barricaded a 6-acre piece of land belonging to the Bihar State Housing Board (BHSB) but illegally occupied by encroachers.

Carried out by the Patna district administration with the help of Patna police, dozens of cops arrived at the outskirts of Rajiv Nagar early Saturday morning and cordoned the land in dispute with barbed wires.

As the news of the anti-encroachment drive spread in the area, more than 500 angry men and women mounted a scathing attack on the police in which more than a dozen cops were injured. The mob also torched two police motorcycles as hapless policemen, showing immense restrain by not opening fire on the mob, ducked to take cover from being hit by a flying object in their direction.

The government plans to use the land to set up an office for the Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB) and another for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). A new police station for Rajiv Nagar is also planned to be built at this place.

Kumar Ravi, Patna District Magistrate (DM), said that more than a dozen persons were taken into custody and FIRs were lodged against over two dozen of the miscreants.


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