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50 shops, houses razed during eviction drive at Tinplate

Jamshedpur, Feb. 22: Continuing the anti-encroachment drive, the East Singhbum district administration on Monday removed about 50 shops, kiosks, houses, both huts and concrete, from Kadani road near the Kali Mandir in Tinplate area.

Several shops including stationary, pan kiosks and two-wheeler garages were detached by the JCB. The drive was led by Dhalbhum SDO Suraj Kumar in presence of JNAC special officer Deepak Sahay, Jusco’s Dhananjay Mishra and number of police officers in view of the protest by the affected shopkeepers in the area.

As the JCB reached Tinplate area, several protestors including women started creating havoc and tried to cut short the drive. However, women police were soon pressed into service and they repulsed the women protestors from the scene, resorting to mild lathi charge. Some locals even tried to convince the SDO against the drive, but they were of no use, as the drive went on removing several shops.

SDO Suraj Kumar said, “More than 50 shops have been razed with a view to free government land from boundaries and structures built allegedly by the land mafia. The eviction drive will continue.”

Deepak Sahay of JNAC said, “Despite repeated notices, they had failed to remove the structures and the eviction drive was taken up in view of a plan to widen the road to enable of operation of buses and traffic through it.”
Despite claims by the authorities, larger parts in the city are still under control of several unscrupulous persons.

While some of the structures were demolished using earthmovers, some people voluntarily started demolishing the structures on the encroached area.

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