Monday, March 08, 2021

FIR filed against squatters residing near Bokaro airport

Bokaro: Chas SDO Shashi Prakash Singh on Saturday ordered an FIR against squatters living near Bokaro airport for creating nuisance for workers engaged in the drome’s expansion work. This comes after the Airports Authority of India (AAI), in its complaint to the district administration, said that the squatters are regularly throwing plastic bags filled with excreta at the workers.

“An FIR has been lodged based on the complaint by AAI senior manager Priyanka Sharma and we have intensified patrolling near the construction site of the boundary wall. We are trying to identify the miscreants involved in such activities,” officer in-charge of Sector-12 police station Ujjawal Sah said.

A labourer said, “We regularly put mud on the excreta to stop the bad smell. Sometimes the squatters even pelt stones at us.”

For decades, these squatters have been living in Bokaro Steel Plant’s (BSL) land adjacent to the airport boundary in about 200 hutments. Before the airport expansion work began, the squatters used to defecate near the boundary wall construction site. They even used to leave their cattle to graze inside.

AAI has also written to BSL to sort out issues related to trespassing by the locals.

Meanwhile, asked about the status of the expansion work, an official said that the construction of the terminal building is done. “The boundary wall’s construction is going on in full swing,” the official added.

08/03/21 Times of India

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