3 hurt in violence over water supply

RAJKOT: At least three persons, including two women, were injured when residents of two housing societies clashed in Junagadh on Thursday night over filling up a patch of road that had been dug and was blocking the way of tankers supplying water in the area.

The patch had been dug up close to Deepali Park on Zanjarda Road for laying a sewerage line. Residents of neighbouring Shahibaug Society wanted the patch to be filled so that a water tanker could reach them as they had been unable to access a tanker of Junagadh Municipal Corporation (JMC) for the last five days.

On being approached by residents of Shahubaug Society, JMC sent a water tanker which could only go up to the point near Deepali Park where the road had been dug up.

The tanker driver and residents of Shahibaug Society requested the residents of Deepali Park to fill up the crater so that the tanker could reach its destination. Sources said the residents of Deepali Park did not agree and there was a heated exchange of words between the two groups that resulted in stone pelting. Three persons identified as Kajal Bhatt, Vinus Bhadani and Sangeeta Sharma of Shahibaug Society were injured in the violence. The injured were rushed to a hospital for treatment.

A case has been registered against Rasik, Gopal, Hardik, Rekhaben and some other residents of Deepali Park. There was heavy police deployment in the area to prevent further violence.

The newly developed Zanzarda Road area is facing a severe water crisis for the last two months as the traditional water sources have dried up and there is no piped water supply to the residential societies that have come up.

Source - TOI - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/3-hurt-in-violence-over-water-supply/articleshow/19748963.cms