The municipal corporation on Monday razed makeshift houses and removed people who had allegedly been capturing a piece of urban body land in Gujral Nagar area. Police was deployed in numbers to quell any untoward incident.
Municipal town planner Tej Preet said that illegal occupation on the urban body land was removed. The encroachment had blocked the road to Gujral Nagar.
"Some people from 16 families whose illegal houses were razed on March 22 this year had started constructing makeshift house at the same place again. These houses demolished on Monday as it was creating problems for Gujral Nagar residents."
Irate residents then staged a protest over the demolition in front of the corporation building. "Corporation officials arrived at the place with heavy police force. We were forced to remove our belongings from the temporary houses," said Jagdish Kumar, one of those whose houses were demolished.
He said that the houses which were razed in March were constructed by families several years ago and electricity connections were also given to those houses. "It was not justified to demolish these houses after so many years," he said.
The Pendu Mazdoor Union has come out in support of the people whose houses were razed. Union president Kashmir Singh Ghugshore said that the corporation razed the houses to 'please' the high-and-mighty.