LAHORE – Pakistan Railways Police in its anti-encroachment campaign on Tuesday razed down a 35 years old Noor Colony in Mughalpura area allegedly being build on railways’ property. The PR Police following the Supreme Court’s order has been doing operation against illegal occupants of the railways’ land since February 1.

However, Tuesday was the tougher day for the Lahore Division police as it had to face severe resistance from the ‘occupants’ side. Hundreds of people staged protest demonstration during the anti-encroachment campaign. They laid down at front of bulldozers and made every possible resistance to save ‘their houses.’ But the police demolished at least seven houses in the areas and claimed to recover about four canal land of worth millions. The PR Police said the notices had already been served to illegal occupants and it would not compromise against the illegal occupants.

Reportedly, dozens of protestors including a former nazim Raja Zahid were arrested while many of them injured when the police applied baton charge to end their resistance. The protesting residents also threw stone on the police during their agitation.

The traffic at Mughalpura Road remained block for hours as result of their protest and tyre burning. The residents of Waitman Road, Jamil Abad, Railways Power House, Baja Line Colony and other also joined the demonstration. 

Pakistan Railways Police claimed of retrieving more than 12 acres precious land valuing of Rs10 million from different Railways Divisions.

According to the police, it had recovered five acres and seven kanals of land in Karachi; two acres and one kanal in Sukkur; two acres and two kanals in Rawalpind; two kanals in Multan; two kanals and nine marlas in Quetta. From Lahore division, two kanals and 15 marlas of land has been retrieved so far.