Several injured as demolition drive turns violent in Rajkot

Rajkot: A demolition drive undertaken by Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Thursday turned violent after city Congress workers opposed it in which several persons were injured, police said here today.

The RMC carried out the demolition drive in two areas Manchha Nagar and Sagar Nagar to vacate the road by pulling down over 100 houses located in these areas.

However, Congress had opposed the drive and urged RMC authority not to demolish many houses. However, the RMC authority refused their demand and started the operation this morning amidst police bandobast.

Congress city unit president Jasvant Bhatti, opposition leader in RMC Narendrasinh Jadeja and other Congress workers were present alongwith thousands of locals during the drive.

The situation became tense when mob started pelting stones at RMC officials in which a policeman was injured.

In reply, police latchicharged but failed to control the situation following which the mob set ablaze an earthmover and damaged some RMC vehicles, police said.

Seven rounds of teargas shells were lobbed to disperse the mob and bring the situation under control, police added.

Yesterday, RMC had pulled down five temples in various parts of the city to widen the road.