Lathicharge in Gorur after villagers protesting garbage unit resort to stone-pelting
news Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | November 28, 2014 | 10 am IST A tense atmosphere prevailed in a village outside Bangalore after villagers protesting a garbage scene were lathicharged by police. Two injured people were taken to hospital. Angry with the district administration, villagers in Gorur resorted to stone-pelting and were lathicharged by police on Friday morning. Villagers threw stones at governmenr vehicles. Some people reportedly attempted to commit suicide by self-immolation and even poured petrol on themselves. Their attempts were unsuccessful. Gorur village is located outside of Bangalore in Magadi taluk of Ramanagara district. The state government and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have proposed to build a garbage disposal unit in the village to process waste. The district administration is in the process of acquiring land for the project. When survey officials turned up at the proposed site on Friday, angry villagers gheraoed the officials. The altercation turned violent after the villagers threw stones at an ambulance, after which the police resorted to mild lathicharge to disperse the group. Villagers also demanded that the officials be handed over to them. Revenue officials surveyed 32 acres of land and were heading back to Ramnagara after completing their work when the incident occurred. Read: Bangalore's garbage woes: Four villages protest Deputy Commissioner F R Jamadar told a television channel that the villagers assaulted the revenue officials. He said that the vilagers did not have adequate information about the plant and that the problem that was prevalent in Mandur would not be repeat here. Gorur was one of the sites selected for setting up of garbage disposal units after the villagers of Mandur got the state government to stop the dumping of waste in their village from December 1. Mandur has been a landfill for nearly a decade, and the villagers demanded that the government stop dumping waste in their backyards and also dispose of the waste dumped there in a scientific manner.