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Shopkeepers hold protest against building owner for installing gate

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, November 13, 2013
First Published: 18:53 IST(13/11/2013) | Last Updated: 18:55 IST(13/11/2013)

High drama was witnessed on Wednesday at National Road near Bhai Bala Chowk after tenants of a commercial building protested against the owner for installing a gate in front of the building.

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Shopkeepers alleged that the building owner, who was principal of a city college, was forcibly trying to evict them from the building by installing the gate.

The 700 square yards building at the prime location of the city was rented out to eight shopkeepers some years ago. The building has remained controversial as politicians have in the past tried to settle the issue between the tenants and owner of the building.

On Wednesday, the owner installed a gate at the entrance of the building, enraging the shopkeepers, who protested against the building owner's move.

Police reached the spot and tried to pacify the agitated shopkeepers, who first alleged that police was supporting the building owner, but later ended the protest.

Naval Kaura, owner of one of the shops in the building, said he was running the business in the rented area for the past several years, but was now being forced to vacate the building.

According to the protesters, some miscreants had broken the locks of their shops some days ago; but, they had nabbed the miscreants and handed them over to the police.

Ghumar Mandi police post incharge sub-inspector Pawan Kumar said the situation was under control.

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