Police lathicharge vandals over temple issue
Jamshedpur: Hundreds of members of Mukhi community blocked the Slag Road under Sitaramdera police station area for several hours on Friday to protest police action against the construction of the Sri Sri Baba Balak Nath temple.
The situation turned volatile with the protestors pelting stones on police. The vehicle of the Sidhgora circle inspector was vandalized in the mob action. Cops had to resort to lathicharge to disperse the mob. They arrested several persons on charges of fomenting communal tension and inciting mob to vandalize police vehicles and other public property.
Police officials said the temple was being built on an encroached land. The construction committee members of the temple were also extorting huge sums from the local residents in the name of donation. Cops said the victims of extortion had complained against the accused persons.
Earlier in the day, the community members raised slogans against the police and alleged that the local police officials had taken a biased view of the ongoing construction of the temple. They said the police officials should first find out the truth and then take action.
Police have lodged an FIR against unidentified persons and begun search for people responsible for vandalizing the police vehicles.
Protestors have meanwhile alleged that certain police officials were had demanded Rs 50,000 for allowing the construction work to go on.
“We are investing into the case and trying to find out the root cause of the incident. Those guilty of encroaching land will not be spared. But no injustice will be caused to anyone. We will be talking to local residents over the issue and trying to find an amicable way out of the current situation,” said a senior police official when contacted.