Three people have been injured in clashes that broke out between villagers and policemen today in Delhi's suburb Noida.
The clashes took place when officials from the Noida Development Authority along with the police had gone to Noida Extension to demolish some unauthorised construction. The demolition was being carried out for the purpose of preserving the green belt of the area.
Farmers resorted to violence and even pelted stones at the police. The irate mob also set a shop on fire and vandalised the site office of a builder. They also blocked traffic by setting tyres on fire, police said.
The villagers say a few days ago around 300 houses in the area were demolished leaving nearly 500 of them homeless. They say if their properties were illegal, then why were they registered in the first place?
A company of the Provincial Armed Constabulary was deployed to contain any further violence.
The rioting mob was contained after two hours, the anti-encroachment drive was withdrawn due to heavy resistance. The situation is tense but under control, the district police said.
(With inputs from IANS