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Civic services on the blink

Taps in the city ran dry on Monday after Muzaffarpur Municipal Corporation employees declined to provide civic amenities a day after the mayor was allegedly heckled by police.

Since morning, people had to step out of their homes to collect water and were forced to bear the stench emanating from uncollected garbage after the civic employees boycotted work.

Almost 30 elected PMC ward representatives protested against the police’s alleged highhandedness and demanded the suspension of policemen involved in allegedly humiliating mayor Varsha Singh.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajesh Kumar said the policemen acted according to guidelines but has sought the details of police action in this case.

On Sunday evening, the district police seized Singh’s official car, fitted with a red beacon, in which the mayor was travelling.

The crackdown was part of the police drive launched against illegal parking, verification of vehicle documents, removal of black films from glasses and misuse of green and red beacons atop cars.

District transport officer Manan Ram said: “The mayor has been unlawfully using the red beacon since her election in 2012.”

On the other hand, Singh told The Telegraph: “I have been travelling in the red beacon-fitted official car since I joined this office. Still, I agreed to pay the fine for breaking the law but the cops overlooked my willingness and seized the car.”

Singh even accused the SSP, whom she called up, and policemen present at the spot of ignoring her request of making alterative arrangement for her to return home. The car was seized and Singh was forced to walk back home.


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