Dhanbad, Sept. 28: Coal town police and district officials faced stiff resistance from encroachers when they went to vacate 34 quarters at Dhanbad Housing Colony today.
Led by magistrate-cum-circle officer Anurag Tewary, the team managed to vacate only three quarters till 3pm after a three-hour drive.
Tewary, along with 50 police officers and labourers reached the housing colony around 11am. The squatters, led by women protesters, refused to budge and started shouting slogans against the administration.
Female officers were pressed into service to bring the situation under control.
As many as 34 families have been illegally occupying the flats for the past few years. Of these units, seven are high income group flats, five are janta flats and the remaining 22 are for lower income groups.
Despite several legal notices issued to them, the encroachers refused to clear out, claiming that they had taken the quarters on rent more than five years ago. Today’s drive was the fifth attempt by the administration to vacate the flats. Speaking to The Telegraph, Tewary said the anti-encroachment drive would continue tomorrow also.