MORE THAN 400 irate residents of Aamra Kunj and Aradhana Nagar staged a chakka jam (sit-in) outside the Qila Maidan zone office to protest Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) failure to provide basic amenities.
The four-strong police contingent posted at the site had a tough time handling the protestors, including many women, who were in no mood to be fobbed off with mere assurances. For a while matters threatened to get out of hand after the policemen, apparently feeling the heat, manhandled a few residents.
This led the angered crowd to push and jostle the cops, but any serious violence was avoided thanks to the presence of a few individuals who helped to calm the irate crowd.
Earlier, the protestors charged that the Corporation had failed to carry out any civic works in their colonies even though residents of the two colonies had deposited developmental charges amounting to Rs 13 lakh 9 years ago.
“There are no water connections, no sewerage or drainage facilities and no roads. Why are these facilities being denied us when we paid development charges more than a decade ago,” J S Bagga demanded to know.
The sit-in was finally called off after senior IMC officials arrived at the site and promised to look into their grievances at the earliest.