Anti-encroachment drive triggers protest, stone pelting

Inhabitants burning tyres during protest (left), JCB machine damaged in stone pelting (right). -Excelsior/Rakesh
Inhabitants burning tyres during protest (left), JCB machine damaged in stone pelting (right). -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 22: Protesting against anti-encroachment drive launched during wee hours today, hundreds of people pelted stones at the contingents of police and Jammu Municipal Corporation men leaving around half dozen injured and vehicles were damaged in Bhatindi area here.
As per police sources, the residents of Sunjwan and Bhatindi areas today morning held a protest demonstration against the JMC authorities after an anti-encroachment drive was started.
The drive was objected by locals who resorted to stone pelting, damaging two vehicles of Police Department and two JCB machines. The protestors also burnt the tyres of express their resentment, sources added.
Sources said the protesters raised slogans against the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) authorities and other concerned Government departments.
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Meanwhile, locals said that amid darkness, authorities pressed into service its men and machinery to demolish structures in the area without serving any notice.
“The area is being targeted time and again despite the fact that a number of other localities in Jammu are also having structures on state land”, locals alleged.
Police sources informed that around four police personnel and two drivers of JCB machines were injured in stone pelting. Four vehicles including a bus and gypsy of Police Department and 2 JCB machines were also damaged in the stone pelting.
Meanwhile, a case under relevant Sections has been registered at Police Station Bahu Fort and investigation started.