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Illegal houses demolished within hours after encroachers murder old man

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Udaipur : Chaos prevailed in the Purbia colony in Mallatalai area of the city for many hours after few men of the Kalbeliya community attacked an advocate and killed his father in the late hours of Tuesday night. The accused were encroachers who lived nearby and were in continuous tiff with the residents for causing nuisance. Tension sparked off after the old man succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Large number of enraged men of the Purbia community came out on streets demanding immediate demolishment of the illegal structures. Sensing the urgency, the administration agreed to the demand and three of the four illegal houses in the colony were demolished in the wee hours ofWednesday. Additional police forces were deployed overnight fearing tension.

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The incident took place around 8.30 pm on Tuesday night an advocate Gajendra Purbia was going towards his house near Sajjannagar under the Ambamata police station area. Few men of the Kalbeliya community stopped him and asked 500 rupees for liquor. Gajendra refused to their demands which kicked off a quarrel. The men laid attack with sticks and rods and hearing the noises Gajendra’s family members rushed out to rescue. Bhanwarlal (65) his father sustained serious head injuries while Tarun, Premi Devi, Kanhaiyalal, Ganpatlal, Hemlata and few others too were hurt. The old man was rushed to the hospital who died during treatment. The residents refused to send the body for autopsy until the encroached houses were cleared, they adamantly demanded.

Additional SP Dr Rajesh Bharadwaj, ADM city O.P Bunkar, CI Rajendra Jain, Manjit Singh rushed to contain the situation which had grown quite tensed. People also made a midnight demonstration outside the collector’s residence. Responding to the public demand, demolishment orders were passed and on early hours of Wednesday three of the four encroached kutcha houses were pulled down. The fourth one was left untouched owing to a court stay, authorities said.  Meanwhile, five persons were also arrested by the police on charges of murder and violence. On Wednesday morning, large number of people gathered outside the collectorate demanding compensation for the victim. Collector Rohit Gupta assured assistance to the aggrieved family under provisions of Rajasthan Victim Compensation Scheme 2011.

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