Chandigarh: Mayor Arun Sood was allegedly manhandled, roughed up and pushed by Congress supporters on Wednesday morning. The official vehicle bearing the red beacon was also banged with hands in protest as Congress supporters blocked the entry of Mayor into MC building for around 45 minutes.
Later, police was called and after a mild lathicharge, Mayor was let into the MC building. Two of the Congress supporters general Secretary district congress Urban -2, Chandigarh Sunil Sood and Rajni Talwar got injured. Sunil sustained fractures in four ribs and has been hospitalised whereas Rajni also got fracture, said CPCC president Pardeep Chhabra.
Congress supporters protesting against the allotment of green belt for construction of a parking lot in Sector 38 by the Mayor, banged the bonnet and other parts of the officials vehicle of Mayor. Former Mayor Poonam Sharma also allegedly climbed up the bonnet of the vehicle and became instrumental in blocking the vehicle entry.
Congress supporters gheroed the vehicle of Mayor and when he came out to have a dialogue, he was manhandled, roughed up and pushed around by the supporters. The police was then called which resorted to mild lathicharge to disperse the agitating Congress supporters resulting in commotion and as the supporters started running helter-skelter, one of the Congress supporter fell down and got injured.
CPCC president Pardeep Chhabra said, “Arun Sood has misused his powers in converting the green park into a parking lot to facilitate the private school. We have protested against the dictatorial attitude of the Mayor and gheraod his vehicle. Two of our Congress supporters suffered injuries during the protest, Sunil suffered fractured ribs whereas Rajni Talwar suffered fracture in finger.”
Mayor Arun Sood after the alleged manhandling and roughing up by Congress supporters said, “They have full right to stage protest against anyone. I will not take any action against anyone despite the fact that he had been manhandled, roughed up and pushed.”
Sanitation workers block road for over 4 hours
The sanitation workers union also staged a protest and blocked the T-point opposite MC building for over four hours. They were protesting against the MC decision to implement smart sweeping system. They feared that after implementation of the decision, the MC will shun out the sanitation workers. But when Mayor Arun Sood along with MC Commissioner assured the protestors that no worker would be dismissed from work, the protesters called off their agitation.
Sector 38 parking lot issue rocks MC House
The MC House meet on Wednesday was rocked over the issue of conversion of green belt into a parking lot in Sector 38, Chandigarh. Congress supporters had heated arguments with Mayor Arun Sood over the issue.Arun Sood said, “The onus now lies on the residents of the Sector 38 to decide whether MC must provide the parking lot there or that space must be left as green belt. I have called for a meeting with residents of the area on Thursday and the final decision will be taken after the meeting. The facility is for the residents of the Sector, not for any private school as claimed by Congress. Some of the parents and residents had approached me as they were not happy with parking of the vehicles on the road outside the school and had asked for providing a parking lot for parents and residents.”
He also added that no private school will be allowed to park its school buses or staff vehicles if the residents allow constructing the parking lot on green belt. It will be purely for the usage of the residents or the parents coming to the school.Whereas,Congress questioned the very decision of converting the green belt into the parking lot. Pardeep Chhabra said, “Mayor has facilitated the private school by converting the green belt into a parking lot for his own vested interest. There is no provision to do so in MC bylaws. The permission has not been taken.” In his reply to Congress, Sood said, “The office of Chief Architect UT Administration in 2001 had approved the drawings to construct parking lot adjoining the park and in 2006 the tenders were allotted but due to some technical problems, the work could not be initiated. But the provision in drawings still existed and on demand of the residents the decision was taken.”
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