Cops, shopkeepers at loggerheads over eviction

Bhubaneswar: The BDA market area of Chandrasekharpur area here on Friday turned into a mini battle ground as the shopkeepers tussled with the cops during the eviction drive carried out by the Bhubaneswar Municipality Corporation (BMC).

Tension ran high as the traders prevented the workers from bulldozing the shops and demanded compensation and rehabilitation.  The outraged public allegedly pelted stones and made attempts to destroy the bulldozer which was brought in to demolish the unauthorized structures.

Following the incident, police resorted to lathicharge to control the outraged public and later bulldozed the unauthorized shops in the area.