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Locals, police officials clash in Mayapuri during sealing drive

SDM, DPCC employees, ACP among 14 persons were injured in clashes

New Delhi: Violent clashes broke out between locals in Delhi's Mayapuri and police officials during a drive to seal illegal scrap factories following an NGT order on Saturday. Officials conducting the sealing drive sustained injuries after the traders resorted to stone pelting. However, the locals were also lathi-charged by the police and the para military and some footage shot on mobiles circulated in social media showing even the para military men pelting stones at the protesters. An ITBP personnel was beaten up by the protesters after which some men were seen whisking him to safety.

"A sealing drive was started on Saturday by SDM Delhi cantt along with the staff of MCD and DPCC in Mayapuri scrap market in pursuance of NGT orders. The local scrap dealers started protesting against the sealing and then got violent and resorted to stone pelting. 14 persons, including SDM, DPCC employees, Police personnel including ACP have been injured. A case is being registered," said a senior police officer.

Reacting to the issue, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the business class has always backed the BJP with its money and votes but the party doesn't want their support.

"Beating up one's own traders like this is shameful. They have always backed the BJP with their money and support but in return, the party sealed their shops and lathi-charged them. The BJP is making its intention clear that it doesn't want their support," CM Kejriwal tweeted.

The NGT had on Friday slammed the Delhi government for not taking action against illegal scrap industries in Mayapuri that are causing pollution, saying why is the chief secretary feeling helpless in protecting lives of victims.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the chief secretary and the Chairman and Member Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee to respond why they should not be jailed and be prosecuted if illegal activities are not stopped and people remain suffering on account of illegal activities.

The green panel also ordered the officials to appear before it on May 3 with a compliance report.

The NGT said that there is acknowledged failure to comply with the orders of the tribunal by the Delhi government and the chief secretary appears to have merely expressed helplessness in taking action.

Meanwhile, Delhi' Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta alleged that AAP is involved in this whole chaos and the sealing team was sent by Chief Minister himself. AAP rubbished the allegations later.

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