Anti-encroachment drive in Ludhiana: Residents protest after GLADA razes temple
The protesters pelted stones, leaving some GLADA officials injured and damaging a tractorUpdated: Sep 16, 2020 23:47 IST
Tension gripped New Vishwakarma Nagar as residents staged a protest after Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) razed a decades-old temple during an anti-encroachment drive in the area on Wednesday.
The protesters pelted stones, leaving some GLADA officials injured and damaging a tractor. Following this, police pacified the residents.
BJP leaders including Jatinder Goryan and Dharmendra Sharma also protested against the drive and sought an FIR against the GLADA officials for hurting religious sentiments. Police detained the BJP leaders.
BJP leader Kantandu Sharma said that the idols kept inside the temple were demolished as no time was given to vacate the premises. He added that GLADA initiated the drive amid pandemic when residents are struggling to put food on the table and have now been left homeless.
The district BJP unit, led by president Pushpinder Singal, also staged a protest at Moti Nagar police station seeking FIR against the GLADA officials under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli¬gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli-gious beliefs). The protest was ongoing at the time this report was filed.
Station house officer of Moti Nagar police station, Simranjit Kaur, said,”No FIR has yet been registered in the case yet and action will be taken after investigating the case properly.”
GLADA officials said the temple building was illegal as it was established on government land and the drive was conducted in presence of a magistrate and heavy police force.
As per sources, GLADA had conducted an anti-encroachment drive in the area around eight months back, but few were left behind as the occupants had said they would take them down themselves.