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Manikbag flyover: BJYM, YC activists clash over opening

TENSION PREVAILED near the Manikbag Railway overbridge in the City today when supporters of City Youth Congress and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) came face to face on the issue of opening the bridge for the public.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 00:11 IST

TENSION PREVAILED near the Manikbag Railway overbridge in the City today when supporters of City Youth Congress and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) came face to face on the issue of opening the bridge for the public.

But for the timely intervention and deft handling of the issue by the police and district administration officials, the situation would have been grave today.

Tension started mounting in morning when Youth Congress workers led by its City unit president Devendra Singh Yadav insisted that they would take out a vehicle rally over the overbridge, which is not yet complete.

The Youth Congress workers are enraged over the fact that the people of the area are facing a lot of problems due to the long delay in completion of the bridge and are forced to take a long route to travel to other parts of the City.

The Congress workers are also furious over the refusal of the BJP-led Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC), which is constructing the bridge, to open one side of the bridge which would be big relief for the public.

The Congress workers attribute the delay in inauguration of the bridge to the insistence of the BJP-led IMC to get it inaugurated by a senior leader of the party like AB Vajpayee. “Otherwise, there is no reason why they cannot open the bridge for traffic.

While they had opened the newly constructed road at Rajwada for traffic before formal inauguration, they are not doing so here which is more important than the Rajwada road,” said City Youth Congress president Devendra Singh Yadav.

Tension built up in the area when a large number of lathi- wielding BJYM workers led by its City president Mukesh Rajawat reached there to stop the vehicle rally of the Youth Congress which had announced its plans yesterday. The two groups made it a prestige issue and started raising provocative slogans against each other.

The situation was salvaged by the timely intervention of senior police and district administration officials. A large police force under Additional Superintendent of Police Dharmendra Choudhury reached the spot and dissuaded the Youth Congress workers from taking out the rally.

Meanwhile, IMC Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Bhandari and SDM Chandramouli Shukla also reached the spot and smoothened the ruffled feathers.

The situation came under control when the officials assured the enraged Congress workers that the bridge would be opened for traffic within 15-20 days. Later, the Congress workers submitted a memorandum to Ramesh Bhandari demanding immediate opening of the bridge.

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 23:31 IST