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Sharmili Mallick

News Highlights

  • 67 slum dwellers, including 15 women were arrested today.

  • Five platoons of police force were deployed at the spot.

  • Tension escalated at the spot after some children were found trapped in the tents.

Cuttack: As many as 67 slum dwellers, including 15 women were arrested today on charges of attacking Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) staff and police personnel at Nuapada Balisahi under Madhupatna Police limits on May 11.

The incident happened when the staff of CMC and a team of police rushed to the spot after they received reports of some temporary tents being blown away by nor'wester causing injuries to children and other displaced settlers on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, cases have been registered against the 67 attackers at the Madhupatna Police Station.

Sources said, around 1,200 families evicted from slums located at Behera Sahi, Ranihat Sagadia Sahi, Pilgrim Road Das Sahi, Malgodown Jalua Sahi for the expansion of Taladanda canal road were rehabilitated in temporary tents at Balisahi by the CMC. However, some temporary tents in which they were living were uprooted and their belongings were also damaged by gusty winds during a thunderstorm that battered most parts of the city. 

Tension escalated at the spot after some children were found trapped in the tents. Two children were even admitted to the hospital. 

Irate over the incident, the slum dwellers blocked the nearby road and staged a demonstration. They also vandalised a police van and attacked some staff of the CMC who were deployed to provide them food.

Subsequently, five platoons of police force were deployed at the spot to bring the situation under control and maintain law and order. 

The evicted slum dwellers also took out a rally to the District Collectorate demanding fulfillment of their seven-point charter of demands later in the evening that day.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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