A major commotion took place at the Mohan Nagar zonal office of the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) on Monday when an unidentified person threw ink on the zonal in-charge, Sunil Rai.
The incident took place when the official was talking to residents of Shalimar Garden who were protesting at the municipal office over civic issues.
Around 12 noon on Monday, residents of Shalimar Garden reached the Mohan Nagar zonal office of GMC to protest against the corporation for alleged poor civic conditions in their area, including the poor state of an 80-foot wide road in the area.
Around 1 pm, Sunil Rai along with other corporation officials came out to talk to the protesters and find solutions to their grievances. While the two parties were talking, an unidentified person threw ink at Rai and fled the spot.
Jay Dixit, a resident of Shalimar Garden and one of the protesters, said, “We took permission from the district magistrate and the corporation’s municipal commissioner for a peaceful protest at the office. We have no relation with the person who threw ink on the in-charge. In fact, we also wanted to catch the man and ran after him but he managed to flee.”
Following the incident, arguments between the two sides heated up and a clash broke out between corporation workers and the protesters. Corporation officials then informed the police
about the incident and a PCR van soon reached the spot and brought the situation under control.
“We have accepted the demands of the residents and a proposal has been sent for the development of the 80-foot wide road in Shalimar Garden. But such kind of a behaviour is unacceptable,” said Rai.
The municipal employees lodged a complaint at the Sahibabad police station and went on a strike, demanding immediate arrest of the accused.
“Municipal workers of all five zones went on a strike, starting Monday. The strike will not be called off unless the accused is arrested,” said Harendra Nagar, president of the municipal workers’ union.
On the other hand, the protesters have also lodged a complaint at the police station against the municipal workers for allegedly manhandling their belongings.
“After the incident, municipal workers started breaking our chairs, tents and other items at the spot where we were protesting. By 2 pm, workers from other zones also reached the spot and attacked us, thinking that it was one of us who threw the ink. We peacefully left the spot after that,” said Dixit.