The Paonta Sahib administration has launched a drive to remove encroachments from the land of an ancient temple - Dai Ji Sahiba.
The drive was started on Saturday, which continued on Sunday. Many houses located on the temple land were demolished on Sunday. The drive will continue till Monday. The state high court had ordered the district administration to remove the encroachments from the temple land.
The administration had evacuated two houses in the past one month. Sources said the encroachers were convinced for the evacuation.
A Paonta Sahib-based NGO had filled a PIL on encroachments and deplorable condition of the temple, following which the high court had passed the orders.
Adequate security arrangements were also made during the demolishing of houses.
DSP Narvir Rathore of Paonta Sahib said 52 encroachments were to be demolished in the three-day drive. He said the structures constructed on the temple land would be demolished. The DSP added that there were around 82 cases out of which complicated cases were cleared and stay was obtained in 20 cases.
The temple, which is also known as Ram temple, was constructed in the memory of Raja Partap Chand of Kangra in 1889 by his wife. The state high court had also passed the order for the restoration of the temple in January 2012.