Over a dozen policemen were seriously injured after clashes broke out in Agra’s Dayalbagh area when the police attempted to remove an illegal structure belonging to Radhasoami Satsang Sabha which was allegedly constructed on land owned by the Revenue department.
The senior trust officials used women and children as shields while attacking the cops with sticks having iron nails.
Agra Magistrate Anand Kumar Singh said, “As a bulldozer approached to dismantle the gate that restricted public access, a group of approximately 200 satsangis, including women and children, started pelting stones.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police Suraj Kumar Rai said, “The Revenue department had requested police assistance to remove an encroachment in Dayalbagh. However, Radhasoami Satsang Sabha members disrupted the anti-encroachment drive and engaged in stone pelting, which resulted in numerous police officers getting injured. As of now, the demolition exercise has been temporarily suspended.”
Meanwhile, Radhasoami Satsang Sabha representatives claimed that the administration was trying to grab their land to help builders. The religious group claimed that the land belonged to them.
“They have been given 24 hours to show their documents,” police said.
Police have been carrying out a drive since Saturday to remove the alleged illegal encroachment in the Dayalbagh area.