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3 injured in land row

Workers of two private construction firms clashed with each other over a land dispute in Chira Chas area of Bokaro, around 4km from the district headquarters, on Sunday morning. Three persons received minor injuries, while several cars belonging to the warring groups were vandalised.

A huge contingent of police was deployed in the area to quell tension, but till reports last came in no one was arrested as none of the firms had lodged any complaint.

Chas OC Naresh Sahay said, “We are investigating the matter although no FIR has been registered. But we have seized four vehicles belonging to the firms from the site.”

Troubled started around 10.30am when workers of Soni Co-operative Society, a construction company, reached a site at Chira Chas to begin site-levelling work. The plot is located near Prapti Colony, developed by another private firm, Prapti Estate Developer Pvt Ltd.

As soon as the Prapti officials received information about the arrival of the Soni workers, they rushed to the site and disrupted the work, claiming that the plot belonged to them.

A verbal duel started. Within no time, it took the shape of a violent clash as henchmen of both the builders arrived on the spot armed with lathis, hockey sticks and iron rods.

The clash continued for over 30 minutes during which several cars and vans were damaged. Situation came under control after the arrival of a police team led by OC Sahay and city DSP R.N. Sharma. On seeing the police arrive, the groups, including the three injured persons, fled to avoid arrest.

A resident of Prapti Colony, requesting anonymity, said: “We had purchased flats here in the hope of enjoying safe and secure housing facility, but after today’s incident we are feeling quite scared.”

Notably, both the companies are engaged in a legal battle for the plot.

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