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19 houses razed down by IMC in Mahavar Nagar

11:31 PM Jun 01, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Indore: The IMC along with district administration carried out removal operation in Mahavar Nagar, on Friday. A total of 19 houses were either demolished by the removal team or by the owners themselves. This was a major removal in the area which lasted close to five hours.

According to sources, notices were issued to 31 house owners for removal. There were both permanent structures and temporary shacks built on two parcels of land.

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The two parcels of land were reserved for garden but Mahavar Nagar Housing Cooperative Society developed plots and allotted them to members illegally. The sources said that the removal team had reached the area around 10.00 am but was forced to wait for nearly an hour before the requested police force from Annapurna Police station arrived. The removal began around 11.00 am under SDM Vandana Parashar’s directions and lasted until 4.30 pm.

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The removal team faced stiff opposition from the occupants of the house. Intimidating tactics were employed and when it failed to have any effect, request for time to demolish the structures themselves was sought.

The team, however, proceeded to demolish the structures and when some were removed, other residents began to demolish their structures themselves. By evening 19 structures were either demolished by the team or by owners themselves. During the removal, heated arguments arose. Though the police force was inadequate, SDM Parashar managed to continue the operation using both cajoling and coercion. Women and children were seen weeping while men folk stood helplessly or engaged in demolishing their houses.

The first parcel of land was freed from encroachments without much trouble because of presence of local BJP leader Ghanshyam Sher. However, on the second parcel of land, complainant Prem Nindoriya climbed onto a bulldozer and resorted verbal abuse and threats, but in the end the land was freed of encroachments.

The five hour removal operation freed close to one lakh square feet land. Two bulldozers were employed along with a number of IMC workers. Building Officer Ashok Sharma of Bilawali Zone was also present during the removal.

It is believed that the 31 house owners requested Mayor Krishna Murari Moghe to intervene and provide relief. However, Moghe expressed his inability to help as the matter related to court order and Lokayukta action.

The removal operation is likely to be carried out again if the remaining house owners fail to demolish their structures and relinquish the land.

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