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On Wednesday, led by Dhalbhum SDO Suraj Kumar, along with Jusco general manager Dhananjay Mishra and Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) special officer Deepak Sahay, the eviction drive began sharp at noon, towing away 22 SUVs and cars to Sakchi police station whose owners are absent.
Prosecution slips were pasted on some 15 vehicles, including two-long distance buses, whose owners were on the spot. They were fined Rs 20,000 each.
Around 200 police personnel from district police and Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP-6) were deployed during the drive, which also deployed an excavator to demolish the makeshift mechanic garages and a hydra crane and a crane to tow away vehicles.
JNAC special officer Deepak Sahay said vehicles towed away would be released once their documents were checked and fined paid. “Fines will be Rs 20,000 for owners of the towed-away vehicles too. In fact, if their other papers are not in order, the amount may increase,” he said.
They have also issued a notice to Disneyland, an amusement park on the grounds from where dirty water was spilling nearby, to vacate by June 15. “Its owner has agreed. We will hand over the vacated portion to Jusco for its utilisation,” Sahay said.
Jusco general manager Dhananjay Mishra said they would now implement plans to convert Aambagan ground into a state-of-the art park.
“We will convert the area into a park and add modern conveniences of parking, paved walking and jogging tracks and revolving gates. This apart, a seven-feet boundary wall of concrete and iron grilles will also be constructed across the ground, including the area near Aambagan Masjid, which is on the south of the grounds,” Mishra said.
SDO Kumar said they had given a week’s time to the masjid committee to remove some concrete structures which they claimed were being used for the mosque. “We have also called them (Aambagan Masjid Committee) for a meeting to find out an amicable solution so that a boundary wall comes up without hindering the approach road to the masjid,” the Dhalbhum SDO said.
Besides the Aambagan Masjid in the south, state-run high school Rajasthan Vidya Mandir is on the north, The Bengal Club and residential apartments on the west and Thakurbari Road on east of the four-acre grounds.
How long will Aambagan grounds stay free of squatters?