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Breaking News : Agitation against dumping of garbage turns violent in Aurangabad

Police resorted to 'lathi'charge and burst teargas shells to disperse the mob of iratevillagers who came onto the streets at Mitmita village on Aurangabad-Mumbai highway to voice their opposition against the dumping ofgarbage at Safari Park area of the city. The agitators pelted stones on the garbage-loaded trucks ofAurangabad Municipal Corporation as well as on police escortvehicles and set ablaze two vehicles, in which more than 12policemen including police inspector Mukund Deshmukh were injured. Several other vehicles were also damaged by the agitators.

Due to the agitation, the vehicular traffic on both sides of thehighway came to standstill for several hours. Among the strandedvehicles were several school vans. After the incident, police deployed more force to control the mob atthe spot. The incident occurred because the issue of dumping garbage hasremained unresolved for over 20 days, after the villagers ofNaregaon, where the dumping ground is located, raised strongobjection and did not allow any trucks to dump garage. The AMC's efforts to solve the issue by dumping garbage at variousplaces in the city also did not find favour with the locals as wellas the elected representatives.

The matter is now in Aurangabad bench of Bombay high court, whichhas directed the civic body not to dump garbage at Naregaon tillfurther order.

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