The face-off between Railways and AKVN Indore over closure of access route in Polo Ground industrial area turned ugly on Thursday.
Hundreds of porters employed at Railway godown pelted stones on a factory, filled up the dug up foundation for the boundary wall and blocked main road for more than an hour.
The porters, who initially mistook construction by AKVN as an act by Jawahar Ice Factory owner Rajkumar Kalwani, started pelting stones at the factory, breaking its glass doors. They even razed down its boundary wall. A panicked Kalwani shut down his factory and ran for cover.
The rampaging porters then filled up the dug up foundation for the boundary wall and parked trucks from the spot till Polo Ground main road to block it . Some of the porters even lied down on the road causing prolonged traffic jam.
Order was restored in the area only after CSP Ajay Jain along with officials of Association of Industries, Madhya Pradesh (AIMP), District Industry Centre (DIC) and AKVN visited the area and suggested that matter be settled with intervention of senior officials of administration.
AIMP secretary Pramod Dafaria said that a police complaint was filed against trouble makers and demanded police protection for industries in the area.
Head Railway Maal Godam Hammal Union Shiv Prasad Saini, however, denied that any violence took place and claimed that it was an old route and should not be closed.
Jain told dna that an FIR was filed against those who were involved in violence. “Legal aspects should be looked into during the construction of boundary wall,” he added.
AKVN Indore had started construction of boundary wall close to Railway godown some time back.
The construction would have resulted in trucks carrying goods to godown take an alternate route from Bhagirathpura crossing. Railway officials and RPF have been protesting the construction for two days.