After police booked a trader for allegedly assaulting a Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) team to stop the anti-encroachment drive in Kikkar market here on Friday, the drive has come to a halt.
After a complaint filed by MCB officials alleging that traders attacked them and stopped them from going ahead with the anti-encroachment drive, police have booked a trader leader Jeevan Kumar for allegedly assaulting the MCB team and obstructing them from performing their duty. A case against him has been registered against him under Sections 353, 186 and 283 of the IPC.
However, the violent protest by the traders has halted the anti-encroachment drive in the market as the MCB officials are not ready to resume work till proper police protection is provided to them.
Jeevan Kumar said traders had made no encroachments and it was only few items they had put in front of the shops which were not causing any problem to people on the road. He said traders were determined to not allow MCB officials to carry on the drive in the market and would resist it every time.
Superintendent engineer of MCB, BD Singla, said that after the protest and attack by traders, he had made a written complaint to the police and the drive was not carried due to apprehension of a more violent protest by traders which could harm MCB employees. He said the anti-encroachment drive on the said road was planned after repeated complaints by residents in this regard but now the campaign will be resumed after proper police security is provided to the team and the decision in this regard would be taken by the higher authorities.
The traders had stopped the corporation vehicles and also engaged in heated arguments with the MCB employees.