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Dozens injured in Gurgaon clash

Angry villagers had a face-off with policemen and set gas cylinders afire to stop authorities from evicting them during an anti-encroachment drive in Gurgaon's Sector 47. Photo: Manoj Kumar

Angry villagers had a face-off with policemen and set gas cylinders afire to stop authorities from evicting them during an anti-encroachment drive in Gurgaon's Sector 47. Photo: Manoj Kumar  

More than two dozen people, including several policemen, were injured in a clash between the police and villagers during an anti-encroachment drive in Sector 47 here on Friday.

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) officials along with the Gurgaon Police had demolished over 200 houses spread across 13 acres land at Fathepur (Jharsa) village a month ago to clear the land of encroachment.

Though the demolition squad had managed to pull down the houses , the villagers had refused to move out.

A police team, comprising senior officials, accompanied by HUDA officials reached the village on Friday morning to clear the encroachment and put a fence around it, but faced stiff resistance. The angry villagers pelted stones on the policemen injuring several of them and also set two cooking gas cylinders afire. However, the police team managed to control the agitated crowd and cleared the land of encroachment. The land is now being fenced.

Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon Ward 30 councillor Nisha Singh was also injured while she was trying to videograph the drive.

She was later taken into police custody.

As per HUDA, the land in question was to be used as access road for Unitech’s Uniworld Garden-II Apartments residential project and other public amenities, but was encroached upon.

The encroachment had delayed possession to over 800-odd flat owners.

A local court had also directed the police to lodge a First Information Report against three directors of Unitech Realty Private Limited, besides six others, six months ago in this connection. The villagers, however, claimed that the land belonged to them and they were settled here for over 100 years.

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