Staff Correspondent

The drive was carried out without any warning: traders

MYSORE: Mysore City Corporation on Tuesday removed encroachments on the Devaraja Market premises, sparking an altercation between officials and traders.

The drive was launched in the morning and all encroachments on either side of the road inside the market were removed. Fruits, flowers, and so on were removed allegedly without any warning.

Traders said they should have been given time to remove the goods. But officials said warning had been issued several times.

Tension prevailed for a while after traders mobbed the officials demanding return of the items seized. A notification by the Mysore City Corporation had given them permission to keep goods at a distance of up to 3 ft. from the shops, they said.

The traders argued that they had not violated the law and that the notification had been adhered to for the past 15 years.

A posse of police personnel arrived at the spot and intervened. The traders were asked to meet the higher officials of the corporation.