SRINAGAR: A demolition drive began at the Malik market in Jammu amid tight deployment of armed forces on Saturday, officials said.
The authorities have engaged three JCBs to dismantle a car showroom at the market, reports said quoting officials.
The drive is being conducted under strict deployment of armed forces arrangements and traffic movement has also been diverted.
Last week, five people were arrested and four detained after a protest and stone pelting was reported in Malik Market during a demolition drive.
Three policemen were injured in the stone-throwing incident that took place on February 4 during the drive to demolish a vehicle showroom built allegedly on state land. The owner of the showroom, Sajad Ahmed Beigh, was among those arrested.
“We have arrested five people and detained four others in connection with stone-throwing that took place during an anti-encroachment drive here,” a senior police officer said last week following the arrests.
Pertinently, the demolition drive in Jammu and Kashmir is going on for the past many weeks as the administration has ordered the seizure of “state land” and removal of structures built on it.