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Attack on KBJNL office, police resort to lathi charge

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The police on Tuesday resorted to lathi charge to disperse an unruly mob of contractors and their supporters who pelted stones on the offices of Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. and Command Area Development Authority (CADA) at Aurad in Jewargi taluk.

Tendering procedure

The contractors were protesting against the tendering procedure of works consisting of 62 packages worth Rs. 10 crores to lay the Field Irrigation Channels (FICs) in Jewargi Branch Canal of the Upper Krishna Project (UKP).

According to reports reaching here, the situation was brought under control by evening and additional police forces were rushed Aurad to maintain law and order and also to give protection to the officials of the nigam and CADA.

The reports said that few contractors, who have not been paid the promised amount as per the unwritten agreement to allow one contractor among them to apply for the tender and get the allotment, is the reason for the violence.

Trouble began when the officials of the nigam and CADA started the finalising process of the tenders, when the contractors who have not been paid started protesting against the opening of tender forms and said that process should not be completed. According to reports, contractors and their supporters tried to assault the officials and take away the tender forms.

However, the police personnel present prevented the contractors and pushed them outside the offices.

The situation took a serious turn when the protestors started pelting stones.

Additional forces

Additional forces deployed from Jewargi brought the situation under control after resorting to lathi charge to disperse the unruly mob.

No one has been injured in the lathi charge and stone-pelting incident.

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