An FIR has been registered against seven VHP and Bajrang Dal workers for allegedly attacking civic body employees who had gone to remove encroachers from government land in Jhansi’s Shivaji Nagar Tuesday.
VHP workers claimed that the civic body staffers attacked them when they were protesting over razing of part of a temple built on the land.
Both groups got into a scuffle and pelted stones at each other, said police, adding that they had to resort to cane-charge to bring the situation under control. Circle Officer (City) Jitendra Singh Parihar said, “Five persons were injured in the stone-pelting.”
Pushpa Raj Gautam, in-charge of the encroachment section of the municipal corporation, filed a police complaint Wednesday, on the basis of which an FIR was lodged against the seven VHP and Bajrang Dal workers as well as 70-80 unidentified persons on various charges including attempt to murder and rioting. Station House Officer (SHO) of Nawabad police station Jitendra Singh Chandel said that the accused included VHP’s Jhansi general secretary Anchal Arjaria.
“We have obtained photographs of the incident and are trying to ascertain identity of the accused. No complaint has been filed by VHP,” said Chandel, adding that they are trying to trace the accused.
Jhansi Commissioner Kamud Lata Srivastava formed a three-member committee to probe the matter after VHP leaders met her.
Municipal Commissioner Pratap Singh Bhadouria said, “There was an encroachment on government land rented out to the Prajapati Brahma Kumari Ashram in 2016. The said government land is located next to a Hanuman temple. A complaint was recently filed with the state government by the Brahma Kumari Ashram that they have not got possession of the land as it had been encroached upon illegally.”
“On Tuesday, a team went to remove the encroachment. VHP workers entered into an argument with the employees. They alleged that the employees were demolishing the temple, and attacked them,” he added.
VHP’s Jhansi general secretary Arjaria said, “After coming to know that the nagar nigam had demolished a portion of the temple including three newly built pillars, VHP workers reached the spot. When they objected, the nagar nigam stopped the drive and returned. We remained at the spot and staged a protest. Around two hours later, the nagar nigam employees returned with sticks and attacked us.”
Arjaria further said that they later met the Jhansi commissioner and lodged a complaint about the alleged demolition.