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Three held; local cops say prior info from civic body could have averted violence

The police, however, said the incident could have been averted if civic officials had informed them about the drive in advance.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: January 13, 2016 1:03:22 am
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The police on Tuesday afternoon detained three persons in connection with the violence during PMC’s anti-encroachment drive in Yerawada earlier in the day in which four civic officials were injured.

The police, however, said the incident could have been averted if civic officials had informed them about the drive in advance.

According to the Yerawada police, the anti-encroachment drive there began around 9 am during which the civic body team was accompanied by a police team of their own, which did not have local police personnel.

Senior inspector S A Patil, who is in-charge of the Yerawada police station, said, “We have detained three persons and more will be rounded up. As per our preliminary information, there were at least 10 to 15 persons who resorted to violence.”

“When the PMC staff were pulling down the small shops and eateries near Gunjan Talkies, the mob suddenly turned violent and started pelting stones. They also attacked the PMC team with wooden sticks. In the attack, deputy municipal commissioner Madhav Jagtap sustained an injury below his eye and injuries on his hands. He was rushed to hospital and is out of danger,” Patil said.

According to police, some vehicles were also damaged in the stone-pelting. The situation was under control following police deployment, officers said.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Yerawada police arrested Lalu Hasan Shaikh, Maula Hasan Shaikh and Irfan Maula Shaikh. Lalu reportedly owned a small eatery of Chinese food, which was demolished by the PMC.

“We believe the violence could have been averted if civic officials had informed us about the drive in advance. Though they have their own dedicated police force, having along local police with contacts with locals makes all the difference. After the mob turned violent, we deployed our own teams in the area, after which no violence was reported,” Patil said.

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