MUSSOORIE, March 16
Mussoorie Municipal Board’s anti-encroachment drive at Kingcraig turned into a fiasco when it had to return without any action due to the stiff resistance and opposition shown by the people in Mussoorie on Friday.
The people opposing the drive alleged that the Municipal Board was acting in biased manner.
The municipal board executive officer ML Shah accompanied by his staff and the adequate police force reached to remove the encroachment from Kingcraig on Friday but had to face stiff resistance of the people involved in the encroachment resulting in verbal exchanges between the two sides.
The encroachers alleged that the officials were adopting a biased policy and instead of removing encroachment from mall road and elsewhere they were targeting them due to their poor condition.
Some encroachers at Kingcraig said that they were living in shacks below Masonic lodge bus stand but when they were told verbally by Mussoorie Municipal Board president to shift elsewhere after they came to Kingraig on his directions and started living here. But now the same officials are trying to deprive them of shelter. The trade union leader Devi Godiyal speaking on the occasion said that the Municipal board was harassing the poor labour unnecessarily. He demanded that the Municipal board first remove encroachment from other Municipal land and then should come for the poor people. Following that the Municipal board officials returned without any action warning them to remove it within few days or else face punitive action. The encroachment is rampant around the town, but the poor are being targeting specifically. ML Shah, the Municipal Board executive officer said that encroachment on the municipal board land would not be tolerated at any cost and if the encroachers do not remove their illegal structures themselves then it would be removed the Municipal board officials soon. The employees from the board and police jawans were present during the drive in large numbers.