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Hooligans assault JNAC city manager during anti-encroachment drive

Jamshedpur, Aug. 22: A group of encroachers today attacked several officials including the City Manager of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) during an anti-encroachment drive at Sakchi.

The anti-encroachment squad of JNAC, led by the City Manager Ranjan Pandey acting as magistrate, was dismantling an unauthorized structure from the encroached land on Kalimati Road near Manokamna Mandir when the incident took place.

Administration sources said the alleged encroachment area belonged to Jharkhand Minority Commission’s vice chairman Gurudev Singh Raja.

They said Raja’s supporters attacked the government officials removing encroachment.

Raja, who returned to the city from Ranchi, said he had documents to prove that there was no encroachment on the disputed site.

As a result of the violence, Kalimati Road and other arteries of Sakchi were jammed for several hours as the protestors manhandled the anti-encroachment team and also threatened them with dire consequences.

As per sources, when the officials were removing the thatched shop, a gang of six persons abused Ranjan Pandey and forced his team to stop the anti-encroachment campaign.

Contacted, the officer in-charge of Sakchi police station Mohan Kumar Sharma said. “We are investigating the incident.

It is a serious issue since government officials were assaulted on duty. Stringent action will be taken against the guilty,’ he said.

District administration officials said adequate forces will be pressed into service to remove the encroachment.
“Encroachments in the city are omnipresent and thriving, much to the discomfort of the ordinary citizen.

Be it the road, parks, pavements, markets or public land taken over in the name of religion, the city is known for the encroachments which blot the urban landscape,” commented a senior citizen witnessing the hullaballoo on road.

Sources said Sakchi being the busiest areas of the town, a sizeable number of fruit vendors and vegetable sellers have encroached the road here.

As a result of encroachment, the roads are often jammed for hours, making it difficult for vehicles to ply on the road.

Sources said that several illegal hutments and shops have been raised in areas in Mango, Golpahari, Loco Colony, Karandih, Jugsalai, Sakchi and Bistupur. Though the anti-encroachment campaigns have been carried several times, the situation has failed to change.

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