A senior civic official and three other officials of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) were injured Tuesday after they were attacked with stones during an anti-encroachment drive in Yerawada.
After the incident, the civic administration said though it would intensify the drive, police cover would be sought to ensure safety of the civic staff.
Those injured during the anti-encroachment drive on Tuesday included deputy municipal commissioner Madhav Jagtap, who is in-charge of PMC’s anti-encroachment drive. Jagtap was on the spot overseeing the drive to remove illegal structures in side margins and front margins of legal structures on land owned by the civic body in Yerawada.
Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar condemned the incident and expressed concerns about it. “The PMC will not stop the drive due to this incident. Instead, it will only intensify it in the next few days. The civic staff will not get demoralised due to such incidents,” he said.
“The drive was undertaken in different parts of the city since morning. Similar action was taken on Jangli Maharaj road, Vishrambaug Wada area and Yerawada area. The civic staff faced stiff oppoistion at Yerawada and were attacked with stones and iron rods,” said additional municipal commissioner Rajendra Jagtap, who too was manhandled.
After completing its anti-encroachment drive on Tuesday, the civic administration held a meeting with Police Commissioner K K Pathak and briefed him about the incident.
“The city police have urged us to inform them in advance about anti-encroachment drives and promised security cover for the same,” the additional municipal commissioner said.
The PMC intends to continue the anti-encroachment drive on 45 main roads declared as no-hawkers zone along with those having heavy traffic flow, besides 153 junctions and footpaths.