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Mob Kills Driver, Vandalise 5 Govt Vehicles During Anti-encroachment Drive in Rajasthan's Nagaur

Representative image.

Representative image.

When the anti-encroachment team, along with police force, reached Nagaur on Sunday, those belonging to the Banjara families pelted the machine with stones.

Jaipur: A driver of an earth-moving machine was killed and five government vehicles were vandalised by a mob during an anti-encroachment drive in Rajasthan's Nagaur district on Sunday, police said.

Additional Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Sarjeet Singh told PTI that a case had been registered against two MLAs -- Indira Bawari of Merta City and Pukhraj Garg of Bhopalgarh -- and 300 others for obstructing the public servants from discharging their duty and causing damage to government vehicles besides inciting people.

The husband of the Merta City MLA has also been booked.

The ASP said the drive was scheduled in Tausar village of the district, where 79 Banjara families had constructed "pucca" houses on an around 1.5-km stretch.

As per directions of the apex court, the encroachments were to be removed.

On Sunday, when the anti-encroachment team, along with police force, reached there, those belonging to the Banjara families pelted the machine with stones.

When its driver tried to escape, the mob caught hold of him and beat him up severely.

The driver, identified as Farooq (40), was immediately rushed to a hospital, where he died.

The officer said additional force had been deployed in the area and the situation was under control. PTI AG

first published:August 25, 2019, 20:20 IST