Bungalow row: RLD supporters clash with police
There was complete mayhem at Murad Nagar as thousands of supporters of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh staged protests and clashed with police on Thursday.india Updated: Sep 19, 2014 01:24 IST
There was complete mayhem at Murad Nagar as thousands of supporters of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh staged protests and clashed with police on Thursday.
The protesters, who included members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), vandalised two Ganga water regulators that supply water to the national Capital. The protests lasted for more than an hour as police and administrative officials chose to be mute spectators.
The supporters were protesting the attempt to evict their leader from his official residence at 12 Tughlak Road in New Delhi. The BKU leaders demanded that the house be converted into a memorial in name of Singh’s father and farmer leader late Chaudhary Charan Singh.
The police and administrative officials watched as the protestors moved towards the two regulators that supply water to Delhi. The farmers pelted stones at the police and laid siege on the 300-metre area between the two regulators at Murad Nagar.
As the protesters vandalised the government property, the police allegedly did not bother to intervene and stop them.
After vandalising public property, Singh’s supporters climbed atop the two regulators with their axes to cut the grills and break their locks.
They tried to shut the channels that allow water to pass from the Ganga canal to the regulators. The rioters, then, targeted a water plant near the regulators. In their bid to cut water supply to Delhi, the protesters damaged electricity panels of the water channel. Fearing the mob’s fury, the plant’s staff fled.
First Published: Sep 18, 2014 19:31 IST