Published On: Sat, Dec 17th, 2016

Police-locals clash in Bihar after temple demolished for road widening

Violent clashes took place between police and locals in Patna City area after the district administration demolished a temple for widening of road. The Bihar government is at the moment working on a war footing for constructing new roads and widening of old road ahead of the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh to be celebrated in the first week of January next year.

People from the Sikh community from across the world are expected to be thronging to Patna City for the mega event.

The Patna administration, which had been trying to demolish the temple for a long time, had served several notices to the temple authorities but to no avail. Left with no choice, the administration, fully backed by police personnel today reached the spot where the temple was located and an attempt to demolish the temple was made that faced stiff resistance from the locals.

The angered locals soon turned unruly and attacked the police and district administration officials. The mob set on fire police vehicle, motorcycles and pelted stones on the district officials and cops.

The police soon retaliated and fired in the air to disperse the agitated mob. Once the mob was dispersed, administration brought down the temple using a JCB machine. The priests of the temple were also arrested for obstructing government officials from doing their work.

The situation, after the temple was demolished, remains tensed and heavy police deployment has been put up in the area to avert any untoward incident.

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