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CUTTACK: Police and other officials of the district administration were restrained for more than four hours by slum dwellers when the former had come down well-equipped to evict the dwellers of Mangala slum near Nuapada on the bank of river Kathajodi here on Tuesday.
The district officials, including that of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) and the Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) claiming to have the orders from the High Court came to evict the slum-dwellers who have been settling here for last 50 years. Nearly 270 families are staying on the bank of the river and all have voter-identity cards.
The district administration had requisitioned the help of nearly five platoon of armed police and equipped with bulldozers arrived at the slum since morning. But aware of such a design by the administration, the slum-dwellers were also prepared. As soon as the police arrived at the spot, hundreds of people staged a blockade at the entry of the slum by laying logs.
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