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Posted at: Feb 13, 2018, 12:24 AM; last updated: Feb 13, 2018, 12:24 AM (IST)

Janjehli tense as Thunag gets sub-division status

Section 144 imposedI Protesters burn effigies of Chief Minister
Janjehli tense as Thunag gets sub-division status
Protesters burn tyres at Janjehli in Mandi on Monday. Tribune photo

Tribune News services

Mandi, February 12

The situation became tense in Janjehli following a notification by the state government, granting the sub-division status to Thunag today.

Residents of the area have been protesting against the government for the past few days to retain the SDM office in Janjehli, which was opened during the Congress regime.

As soon as the news about the notification went public, people took to streets and staged a protest, forcing the district administration to impose Section 144 in the area.

The area turned into a fortress with the deployment of heavy police force. However, the protesters were adamant that they would not end the protest until the Chief Minister talked to them over the issue.

They burnt the effigies of the Chief Minister and blocked the road, leading to the SDM office. The situation was tense the entire day and markets were closed.

The Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) and Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Mandi range, and Superintendent of Police, Mandi, are keeping a close watch on the situation.

The people of Janjehli and Bali Chowki area alleged that the Chief Minister was playing politics in his own constituency Seraj.

Residents of the Bali Chowki area also held a protest, demanding SDM office there.

Rugved Thakur, Deputy Commissioner, Mandi, rushed to the spot and pacified the protesters. He said Section 144 had been imposed in the area and people were told to avoid such agitation in future.

Jagdish Reddi, Congress block president, Seraj, said: “The protest will continue till the Chief Minister talks to us over the issue. It is not fair to shift the SDM office from one place to another”.

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