Eviction drive on HEC area fails for second day

RANCHI: The efforts of the Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) management and the district administration to remove encroachment from the company premises failed for the second day on Tuesday owing to widespread protest by the affected families.

The first attempt to remove squatters living in 22 colonies spread over 330 acres on the company premises failed on Monday because of protest the protest by local people led by union tourism minister and local MP Subodh Kant Sahay under the banner of Basti Bacaho Sangharsh Samiti.

Hundreds of protesters, including women and children, who had gathered at the main gate of the company, started pelting stones on the earthmovers, the moment it tried to enter the company premises to remove encroachment. Windscreen of the earthmover was damaged by the protestors, police said.

“We have been living here for more than 50 years and have proper electricity and water connection. If the company management and the district administration try to demolish our houses and throw us on roads, we will not allow them. We are ready to face the atrocities of the government and the company, and if needed, launch a violent protest to save our house,” said Manju Devi, one of the protestors.

The protest was so violent that the company management had to take help from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawans to escort the earthmover. The vehicle along with the driver was safely escorted to the CISF camp.
Hatia DSP Rajiv Ranjan confirmed the failure in removing the squatters from the HEC premises for the second consecutive day.

“The district administration is there to provide security force but it had to be done by the company management. If the management decides to remove encroachment then we will provide security,” said the DSP.


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