17 policemen hurt in stone-pelting as Jammu Admin undertakes massive anti-encroachment drive

At least 17 policemen were injured, some of them critically, when residents of the Raghura area under the jurisdiction of the Bagh-e-Bahu police station in Jammu resorted to stone-throwing after an anti-encroachment drive today. The eviction drive was conducted by the Forest Department and the Jammu Development Authority (JDA).

Official reports suggest that the team of officials retrieved about 1,000 kanals of land encroached by people in the Raghura area. Several cemented structures were damaged during the drive.“Senior officials of the Forest Department and the JDA had returned from the area but the policemen were guarding the retrieved land.

The local people targeted the policemen with stones and chased them away as the former outnumbered the latter,” a police official said.The injured were identified as Sub-Inspector Dayal Chand, Assistant Sub-Inspector Mumtaz Hussain, Head Constables Pushpinder Singh, Ram Singh and Zaffar Din, Selection Grade Constables Chander Parkash and Tilak Raj, Constables Mohammad Hussain, Rajinder Kumar, Ghulam Farooq, Lakhvinder Singh, Manoj, Ashwani Kumar and Tarseem Lal. The identity of three other injured policemen is yet to be established. The police have registered a case in this regard.

82 structures demolished  
As many as 82 concrete structures/plinths at Dwara village were demolished during the anti-encroachment drive in compliance with the directions of the J&K High Court. About 1,000 kanals of the Forest Department and the Jammu Development Authority located adjacent to Jammu city on the banks of the Tawi was retrieved from the encroachers

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