Cops fail to accompany anti-encroachment squad
ASSISTANT MUNICIPAL Commissioner Anupam Shukla and Zonal Officer Anil Kumar Srivastava were injured on Saturday as former Samajwadi Party corporator Dinesh Yadav and his supporters pelted the duo with stones. The two Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) employees were sitting in Shukla’s car near Diamond Dairy where an anti-encroachment drive was in progress against an illegal hotel being operated by the local land mafia. Municipal Commissioner Ram Baudh Maurya had ordered the drive.
Dinesh Yadav and his supporters also hurled expletives at Shukla and Srivastava. Shukla’s car was badly damaged in the incident. A stone hit Shukla in the head while another hit Srivastava in the back. Both LMC officials were taken to Civil Hospital for treatment.
According to the sources Dinesh Yadav is infamous for promoting encroachments in the Diamond Dairy area and earns a heavy amount from these encroachers.
On receiving news of LMC officials being beaten up by the local goons, Maurya immediately left for the site.
According to Additional Municipal Commissioner Santosh Kumar, “The officials have been directed to lodge a named FIR against Dinesh Yadav and his goons.
We cannot permit anyone beating up our staff like this. Attacks on LMC men are increasing with each passing day.”
The Municipal Chief was unhappy about the role of police in the whole incident. The police was informed about the drive well in advance but there was noone when the LMC officials were attacked.
The incident has sent a ‘signal of fear’ to the LMC employees in the anti-encroachment squad. “How can we perform our work if the LMC officials will be beaten by goons like this? The administration must take serious note of the attacks on LMC officials or, we will not conduct any anti encroachment drives in future,” said an employee of the LMC anti-encroachment squad.