Cops, businessmen slug it out over eviction

Bhubaneswar: A furuore was created on Friday among local businessmen in Chandraskeharpur area here; as they protested anti-encroachment drives carried out by Bhubaneswar Municipality Corporation’s (BMC) in the BDA market of Chandraskeharpur.

People blocked the government vehicles sitting in front of them, tensions ran high while demanding compensation and rehabilitation. As police intervened, arguments triggered. The outraged public allegedly pelted stones and made attempts to destroy the machinery which was brought in for demolishing the unauthorized structures.

Following the incident, police resorted to lathicharge to control the outraged public and bulldozed the unauthorized shopping complexes in this area.