Villagers assault NHAI officer over toll row
The issue of free-passage on Badarpur elevated highway took an ugly turn when villagers of Sarai Kwaja and adjoining areas, fought with a senior officer of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). Prabhu Razdan reports.delhi Updated: Dec 16, 2010 01:36 IST
The issue of free-passage on Badarpur elevated highway took an ugly turn when villagers of Sarai Kwaja and adjoining areas, fought with a senior officer of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
After the incident, the villagers and the officer lodged police complaints against each other.
According to NHAI project director, RK Chawla, about 25 people — led by former councillor Jitendra Yadav of Sarai Kwaja area — visited him at his office on Wednesday at 1.25pm.
Chawla said they were there to hand over a charter of demands, including free rides on the newly opened highway for the residents of the nearby areas.
"I told them to hand over the memorandum to his office and would accordingly act on it, but they all surrounded me and even resorted to violence in my office premises," Chawla said. "I informed the police, submitted the complaint detailing the incident."
"The project director was rude, misbehaved with us and did not entertain our charter of demands," said ex-councillor Yadav. "We have lodged a complaint against the officer."
The police said they received complaints from both sides.
Raj Kumar, station in-charge of Sector 28 Police Post, said the matter was under investigation.
Earlier, the Sarai Kwaja residents had threatened agitation if their vehicles were not exempted from paying tool on the Badarpur-Faridabad elevated highway. Some of the residents had even blocked the national highway on Sunday in protest of the toll issue, disrupting the toll plaza operations.
Project director Chawla had earlier said the residents were free to use the road below the flyover "for which nothing is charged". But the residents wanted free passage on the bridge.
This 4.4-km bridge, connecting Faridabad with Delhi at Badarpur, was formally opened on November 29.