Chaos reigned at Indore’s Ramabai Nagar in Scheme no 140 on Sunday afternoon after a team of the district administration, along with over 50 policemen, arrived at the spot with bulldozers to raze illegal construction.
Over 1,000 people of about 300 families living in the locality objected to the administration’s move and hurled stones at them, forcing them to retreat from the area.
People lay in front of JCB machines in protest against the administrative action and alleged that no notices were served to them regarding the demolishing.
People lie in front of JCB machines
The mood of the mob broke loose after an hour-long talk bore no result, and sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) gave a nod to demolish the settlements.
People laid down themselves in front of JCB machines and protested the administrative action alleging that no notices were served to them about demolishment.
The residents of Ramabai Nagar had been shifted there from slums in the vicinity of Krishnapura bridge in 1995 by then district collector, Manoj Shrivastava, leading to a long-standing dispute regarding the 1.5 acre stretch of land which is valued at at least Rs 1.5 crore at the current market price.
The district court in Indore recently ruled in favor of the government employees’ co-operative housing society and directed the district administration to hand over the land to them. On the directions of the court, SDM Ajit Shrivastava, CSP Parul Belapurkar and the court Nazir on
Sunday visited the area to take possession of the land.
However, as tensions between the officials and residents grew, people started hurling stones, breaking windshields of a JCB machine and scaring officials. However, no injuries were reported in the incident.
“Once every twenty years, we are thrown out of our houses at the whims and fancies of the administration,” said an aggrieved woman protesting against the administrative action.
To prevent the situation from turning ugly, SDM Shrivastava told the court in writing that the administration would be granted 20 days’ time to vacate the area.