The encroachment drive launched by the Jammu Development Authority to evict the families residing illegally on its land at Gole Gujral near revenue office, took an ugly turn on Sunday when the encroachers resorted to stone pelting on police and JDA officials.
A day earlier, the JDA official and the police had a very cordial meeting with the people who were agreed to be removed from the site and settled at some other land provided by the authority.
On Sunday, however, when the JDA officials along with the police and the anti-encroachment team reached the spot and tried to remove nearly 13 hutments on the 200 canals of JDA land, the Gujjars residing in the area resorted to stone pelting and tried to chase away the anti-encroachment team.
However, the locals residing in the adjacent Munshi Chak area have termed the drive an eyewash, saying that since the court directions are there to get the illegally occupied land evicted by May 12, the enforcement wing of the JDA is exercising a mock drill to chase away the occupants, who would be temporarily removed only to resettle in the area later.
However, vice chairman JDA Sushma Chauhan told Hindustan Times said that the drive would continue till the encroachers are evicted.
"The anti-encroachment team is doing its work and the process would remain in place till the last encroacher is evicted," she maintained.
The ding-dong battle between the police and the protesters were on amid the reports that the eviction would be completed by late Sunday evening.