After Yogi Adityanath’s Uttar Pradesh and Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s Madhya Pradesh, bulldozers are razing encroachments on properties owned by riot suspects in District Anand, Gujarat. Following an order from the district administration of Anand, local administration in the coastal town of Khambhat today started pulling down illegal property extensions in the Sakarpura area, the locality from where stone pelting had started during the recent Ram Navami procession.
In the Anand district of Gujarat, riots during the Ram Navami procession had left six policemen injured and led to the death of a resident.
Gujarat Police on 13 April had said that the violence on Ram Navami was a “pre-planned conspiracy” hatched by a “sleeper module”.
The state police have already arrested 11 persons for their alleged involvement in the conspiracy.
“We have issued orders to remove all illegal encroachments. The encroachments are being removed from government land based on government records. These are those encroachments which had come up on government land and against which notices were already issued in the past,” said Anand district collector MY Daxini, adding, carts and stalls are also being removed to clear the government land.
While today’s drive started from the Sakarpur area, the district administration said that the civic campaign would continue for the next two days.
“We are assisting the district administration in the drive,” said Anand district superintendent of police Ajit Rajian, who is camping in Khambhat since Sunday’s violence which the communally-sensitive town witnessed after a gap of two and a half years.
The ‘bulldozer’ model of Yogi had become so famous among the Hindu masses tired of Muslim hegemony that the vehicle became a de facto symbol of the previous BJP government and it was even used as a prop in the Uttar Pradesh election campaign by a section of the BJP. In some videos, Yogi was even seen seeking pride in his pioneering way of cutting anarchists to size.