Ghaziabad: Locals hurl stones at police trying to vacate ‘disputed’ land
According to the police, the plot is at the centre of the dispute between two parties — an individual and a cooperative society — as both stake claim over the piece of land.Updated: Apr 24, 2017 11:25 IST
Dozens of residents allegedly pelted bricks and stones at police and administrative officials who had arrived to vacate a plot of land at Abhay Khand in Indirapuram locality on Saturday afternoon. Following the incident, senior district administration officials also reached the spot to pacify the residents.
According to the police, the plot is at the centre of the dispute between two parties — an individual and a cooperative society — as both stake claim over the piece of land. Officials said that Bholenath Gupta obtained a stay order in the matter from a civil court in 2012.
“But, the stay order ceased to apply in March this year and our teams went there to get the land vacated. It has one permanent construction and also has around 30-35 shanties. Before proceeding to have the land vacated on Friday, Gupta had also approached the senior superintendent of police. He was later asked by the officers of Indirapuram police station to produce documents or vacate the land,” said Anil Kumar Yadav, circle officer (Indirapuram).
However, the supporting documents were not produced and teams arrived for vacating the land on Saturday afternoon.
“Since they already knew that police and officials will be arriving for vacating the land, they had stocked up on bricks and stones and hurled them at the officials in a bid to scare them away.
Luckily, none of the policemen was injured as they wore protective gear and did not go near the residents,” Yadav said.
Later, the officials called up senior administrative officials who arrived and held a discussion with the residents and pacified them. The officials said that since there were women and children in the mob that came after them, they decided to call a meeting instead of resorting to use of force to disperse them.
“Later, after the meeting, it was decided that both the parties, Gupta and the cooperative society members, will arrive with their respective documents for a meeting at Indirapuram police station next Tuesday. On scrutiny of documents, a decision will be arrived at,” Yadav added.
First Published: Apr 22, 2017 23:41 IST