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Kutchery kiosks go

Ranchi, Jan. 18: The district administration today removed as many as 25 makeshift shops that had come up within the collectorate in Kutchery in the heart of the city.

Sub-divisional magistrate Ameet Kumar ordered their removal after he got to know that the premises of the collectorate were being used by a number of unscrupulous operators who were running a forgery racket using fake seals and rubber stamps.

The shops that were dismantled today included those selling a wide range of items from spectacles and stationery to herbs and light refreshments. Those coming to the collectorate on work would often buy stuff from them.

Today, after all the shops were removed, earthmovers were deployed around 3pm to uproot platforms erected by the shopkeepers.

Seema Kumari, who used to run a tea stall, was one of the victims of the drive. “I used to earn Rs 150 a day by selling tea on the campus but after today’s action, I am unemployed. Now, I will have to find another place,” she rued.

Kumar said the action was the need of the hour. “Makeshift shop owners had attempted to set up permanent structures and some ran businesses centred around forging documents. The administration cannot tolerate this,” he said.