Tension in Sanjaynagar following demolition of 166 houses

Staff Reporter

Encroachers did not vacate the place even after getting court notice

They had also obtained temporary electricity connection which was later disconnected

Police pickets posted in the area

ERODE: Tension prevailed in Sanjaynagar in Periyasemur Grade Three Municipality, near Erode, on Saturday when the Public Works department (PWD) officials demolished 166 houses.

According to the PWD officials, some people had encroached upon the Lower Bhavani Project branch canal and constructed 166 houses about 10 years ago. They had obtained temporary electricity connection and were also paying property tax to the local municipality. Because of the encroachment, water supply to a few areas was irregular. Farmers belonging to the Tamilaga Vivasayeegal Sangam filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court. The court passed an order directing the encroachers to vacate the area and hand over the place to the PWD. But they did not obey the court order. Meanwhile, the revenue officials decided to grant them some other sites. Revenue Divisional Officer Kumaravel Pandiyan said the department had granted two cents each to all the 166 families at Puthur Pudupalayam village on Perundurai road. But they refused to accept them. The farmers then filed a contempt petition in the Madras High Court, which ordered the PWD to evict the encroachers before October 18 and submit a report to the court.

Even after getting the eviction notice, the encroachers did not vacate the place. The PWD officials went to the area to evict the encroachers. But the settlers there did not allow the officials to discharge their duty.

Three Deputy Superintendents of Police K. Natarajan, Jaganathan and Subramaniam with more than 100 police personnel rushed to the spot and secured 15 persons, including the Erode District CPI secretary, N. Periyasamy. The officials later demolished all the 166 houses.

The Electricity Board officials disconnected power supply to the houses. Traffic was affected for four hours on Nasiyanure Road because of the eviction.

Police pickets have been posted in the area.

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