Civic team assaulted for the second time in 20 days
An assistant municipal commissioner and two civic engineers were assaulted for the second time in 20 days when they were inspecting encroachments at Dharavi on Saturday.mumbai Updated: Feb 13, 2011 02:02 IST
An assistant municipal commissioner and two civic engineers were assaulted for the second time in 20 days when they were inspecting encroachments at Dharavi on Saturday.
On Friday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s G-North ward office demolished more than 100 illegal structures in Dharavi.
On Saturday, assistant municipal commissioner Devendrakumar Jain and two other engineers went to Prem Nagar Dharavi to inspect illegal slums erected on a nullah, thus causing water logging.
When the inspection was on, a mob of more than 200 people surrounded the civic officials and assaulted them, injuring junior engineer Pramod Bhosale.
Bhosale was rushed to Sion hospital and discharged after treatment.
The Dharavi police have registered a case against four residents.
“I don’t know them but they seem to be affiliated to a political party,” Jain said, adding that the demolition drive will continue.
Senior inspector Hemant Patil said: “We have lodged a case of voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant to deter from his duty and criminal intimidation against four persons. No arrests have been made so far.”
The same civic team was assaulted at Dadar (West) on January 28, during a drive to demolish illegal constru-ction and remove encroachments.
The municipal body’s team was clearing unlicensed hawkers, illegal shops and illegal extensions at the Dadar flower market when a group of hawkers assaulted them.