Bihar: Villagers burn building materials store, four vehicles per land dispute

PATNA: A group of furious villagers set fire to a building materials store and four vehicles parked in front of it after chasing away several people for an alleged invasion of a large portion of government land measuring around two acres in the Neori village of panchayat in the police station area in western Patna Saturday morning.

This is the second incident of violence in the district within 24 hours. On Friday night, two cars were burned and several other vehicles were damaged at Lalbagh in Ashok Raj Path when a student involved in an idol immersion procession clashed with anti-CAA/NRC protesters at the scene.

Police said a local strongman, Mahesh Yadav, owned the store that sold raw materials for the construction of buildings on land that the villager continually opposed. He had opened it after reaching an agreement with a former military man who claims to be the true owner of the land.

They said that the incident on Saturday was the result of a long anger in the midst of villagers who were angry at the opening of the place on a land that is actually a bed of a seasonal river that receives water during the rainy season.

Several senior police officers and the district administration rushed to detect after the incident with reinforcement to control the situation.

The outpost in charge of Neora, Santosh Kumar, said the vehicles on fire include a tractor, SUV, a rickshaw and a bicycle.

At least five people were arrested in relation to the violence that took place between 9.30 a.m. M. At 10 a.m. M., He said adding that raids were made to catch others.

Kumar said the two-acre plot is said to be owned by a former Neori military. A case of usurpation is already taking place before the Bihta circle officer on the matter, he said.

Bihta CO SK Verma said that Yadav had submitted documents showing that ADM (law and order) had made a land settlement in favor of the former military in 1966. He had tried to fill a portion of land after which an intrusion case began which was between him and the state government, he said.

Verma said that just 3 or 4 days ago, he had written to the deputy collector of agrarian reforms (DCLR) to present the matter to the present ADM (law and order) to make a decision if the agreement made in 1966 was in accordance with the law of that moment or not.

In response to a query, Verma said he will now write to the local police to enforce the prohibitive orders in the disputed plot.