Charminar hawkers return after cops remove them

Deccan Chronicle.  | Ather Moin

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However, within just one hour after the police left, the hawkers returned to their spots.

Police officials supervise removal of stalls in front of the Charminar on Thursday.

Hyderabad: The traffic police on Thursday launched into its drive to remove the stalls and stands installed by hawkers around the historic Charminar on account of Ramzan. However, within just one hour after the police left, the hawkers returned to their spots.

The police and GHMC had unofficially relaxed the rules and permitted hawkers to conduct business on the road from Madina Circle to Shah Ali Banda during the holy month.  

Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) G. Naganna on Thursday initiated a drive to displace the resultant hawker encroachment with assistance from Charminar traffic police, stating that the relaxation had only been extended until Eid.

Traders resisted and requested the police for a few more days to conduct business so as to sell off their leftover stock, but the police refused to submit. So within merely an hour after the police left, they returned to their spots and resumed business. ACP Naganna explained that he was only doing his job as per the directions issued by the High Court and that it would take at least a few days to completely remove the encroachment that is surrounding the monument.

“Once the encroachments are displaced, hawkers will not be allowed to grab the pedestrian area around the monument,” he said.

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