Man climbs tower in Bhopal, claims BMC harassed him

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2014 15:19 IST

A vendor climbed a police surveillance tower in MP Nagar on Saturday afternoon, alleging he was being harassed by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation officials who had demolished his cart and were allegedly demanding Rs 1000 on monthly basis.

The vendor, identified as Santosh Sen, ran a small shop in MP Nagar which he said was demolished by the BMC officials. He threatened to jump from the tower saying he had no other option.

Within minutes of his climbing the tower, hundreds of people gathered at Jyoti Talkies. Police from local Jyoti Talkies police post also reached the spot, along with BMC chairperson Kailash Mishra and Congress corporator Girish Sharma.

The drama continued for nearly an hour with police and his family members, including his sister and son, urging him to come down. They also talked to him on his mobile phone. After assurance from senior BMC officials and Kailash Mishra, the vendor finally came down.

Talking to media, Santosh Sen alleged that BMC officials regularly harassed him and wouldn’t allow him to run his small shop without bribing them.

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