On February 4, Five police personnel sustained injuries after a group of locals attacked a police team during an anti-encroachment drive in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain district, officials said.
The incident happened on February 3 in the late afternoon in Jhitarkhedi hamlet, which is inside the boundaries of the Ghatiya police station.
Locals allegedly pelted stones at police vehicles and earth-moving machines deployed in the area damaging their windshields. A purported video of the incident went viral on social media on February 4, where locals could be seen pelting stones at the police team that reached to remove the encroachment. In the viral footage, Women were also spotted pelting stones.
The police swung into action as soon as things got out of hand and controlled the situation.
ADM Santosh Tagore said, “A few people in the village had encroached upon the government land and installed fences. We had received a complaint from locals of the area as the land was used for organizing various programmes. But they were restricted due to encroachment”.
“A case was registered into the matter and a team along with the police force reached the spot on Friday afternoon to clear encroachments. The team was returning after clearing encroachment from the area, when a few anti-social elements started pelting stones at the JCB machine. Meanwhile, the police also reached there and they pelted stones on them as well in which a few policemen got injured,” ADM Tagore said.
He continued, “Further investigation into the situation is underway. The police have opened a case against the accused who were involved in stone-pelting at Gatiya police station.”