Haridwar, September 30
Former state Urban Development Minister and local BJP MLA Madan Kaushik today stopped the sewer laying work being carried out by the Ganga Pollution Control Board at Khanna Nagar here.
Even police personnel in the presence of the Circle Officer watched the law-breaking drama as mute spectators.
Kaushik, along with his party activists and a few residents, stopped the sewer laying work being carried out at the Khanna Nagar colony with one of his supporters stopping his car over the dug-up patch.
Kaushik wanted a new sewer line for the colony by joining it with the main line and not with the line on which the work was under way.
The Ranipur police reached the spot after being informed by someone that a ruckus was being created by BJP workers. However, on seeing the BJP workers forcefully driving away the contractor and sewer laying workers out of the place, administrative officials were also informed.
Later, City Magistrate JS Nambiyal and Circle Officer Shah Jahan Khan Javed reached the spot. Both tried to convince the enraged crowd that hampering the government work was not in their interests but the police failed pacify the irate mob.
With the support of Kaushik, the mob even blocked the traffic. Kaushik warned the officials that he would not allow the laying of the sewer line. He said he wanted a separate line to be connected to the colony as the population of the colony had increased.
On the insistence of Nambiyal, a meeting has been called on October 5 where the nodal agency Ganga Pollution Control Board, legislator and colony representatives, in presence of administrative officials, will discuss the matter.
Meanwhile, residents supporting the laying of sewer line have alleged that the police administration sided with the BJP legislator and did not take any action against the BJP activists.
CO Khan said, “It is an administrative matter and we were called to control the situation. Citing the anger of the mob and the MLA, we did not take any action as it could have ignited the situation.”

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