They had come to remove encroachments from Banganga main road and knew they would face resistance in their work.
But officials of district administration and the policemen accompanying them would have never imagined that initial resistance would come from ferocious packs of stray dogs that rule the roost in the area.
The dogs, who have been terrorising the residents of Banganga area for long, on Thursday stood their ground and fought for their territory as removal teams with police force entered the area to clear it of encroachments.
The dogs are believed to have attacked and bitten nearly half-a-dozen policemen and officials. The helpless victims preferred to keep quiet and dismissed the incident as insignificant.
Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) deputy commissioner MPS Arora, who led the removal team said, “The dogs attacked when the team was busy removing the structures erected by one, Pappu. They started barking at the officials and even bit a policeman on his leg. The removal drive had to be stopped for a brief period due to the dog attack.”
Dr Sandeep Nanavati, a veterinarian, told dna that dogs get violent during the breeding season which is twice a year ----December-January and July-August.
“The increased stress level during this season causes dogs to react violently,” he said advising morning walkers to carry a stick that acts as a deterrent for the dogs.
“In case of a dog bite, whether it is established or not that the dog is rabid, the victim should take a full course of anti-rabies vaccination,” Nanavati added.
Over 200 structures removed in drive
Notwithstanding the dog attack, the team of district administration, IMC and local police demolished over 200 structures coming in way of the proposed four-lane road.
IMC used six JCB machines and around 50 employees in the drive that started from Banganga railway overbridge and ended at the mental asylum and removed encroachments from both the side, official sources said.
The officials faced stiff resistance from residents who tried to stop the drive despite the fact that they had already been given an ultimatum to remove the encroaching structures on their own.
Last year, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had laid foundation for the four-lane road from Marimata square to Banganga railway over bridge. The encroachments on both sides of the road were biggest hurdles in the construction work. As many as 307 structures including 16 temples have been identified by the civic body as hurdles in way of road construction. The team has also identified 50 trees that are to be removed.