Jagraon Nagar Council chief assaulted by mob
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Angry residents of Ajit Nagar and Gandhi Nagar allegedly manhandled the head of the Nagar Council, Baldev Krishan Tellu, on Friday morning. The mob, largely comprising women, was protesting against the poor sanitation and lack of sewage system in the colonies situated on Raikot Road.
The dharna began at 8 am and the mob refused to budge, despite appeals by the police, with the protestors stating that they would disperse only when the head of the Nagar Council would come to the spot and address their grievances.
Tellu, who is also the local BJP leader, arrived around 11 am, amidst heavy police security. Giving him little chance to speak, some women suddenly attacked the Nagar Council chief.
It is also learnt that the police could not intervene initially for want of a woman officer. As soon as they arrived, Tellu was rescued from the irate mob and taken to a nearby house.
The police then reportedly had to resort to lathi charge to disperse the mob.
Seema, a resident, said: "Our problem is that the sewage system in our area is so bad that water stagnates on the roads and we have to wade our way through dirty water to reach our homes.
Tellu had assured us in the month of March that our problems will be solved within seven days but nothing has been done till date. This is why we had to stage today's protest."
Another resident complained: "The council has installed four gensets in our area to pump out dirty water. This has been the practice since the last four years. The council is paying thousands of rupees as rent for the gensets, not to miss the fact that they burn diesel too. The council, however, is not ready to spend some money and rectify the problem in the sewerage system once and for all."
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