A tea-seller climbed a mobile tower at 7 Number Market on Tuesday, alleging he was being harassed by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), which had demolished his cart and were allegedly demanding bribe from him.
The vendor, identified as Dinesh Pal, sold tea on his handcart near Board Office in MP Nagar, which was demolished by the BMC officials. On Tuesday, Pal repeatedly threatened that he would jump as he had been left with no other option but to end his life. Within minutes, hundreds of people gathered at in the market.
Police from local Habibganj police station also reached the spot along with Bhopal Municipal Corporation officials. The drama continued for nearly an hour with police and BMC officials urging Pal to come down. Finally, authorities brought a hydraulic lift and brought him down.
Talking to media, Pal later alleged that BMC officials regularly harassed him and wouldn't allow him to run his stall without bribing them. He said that his cart was demolished by BMC and he was left with no option to earn his livelihood. He was later taken to Habibganj Police station.
This is not the first time that people in the city have climbed towers or water tanks to make their point or push for their demands. In September this year, a vendor had climbed a police surveillance tower in MP Nagar, alleging he was being harassed by the BMC, who had demolished his cart, and were allegedly demanding bribe from him.