Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Aurangpura police chowkey finally shifts to new building - Source TOI

A decade spent in a makeshift tent later, the Kranti Chowk police's Aurangpura chowkey was finally shifted to a new building in the area on Tuesday.

The old, dilapidated chowkey building was demolished by the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation ( AMC) in the financial year 2003-'04. The police personnel kept functioning from a tent set up in the crucial market area.

It was only three months back that the site's 'bhoomipujan' was done and on Tuesday, in a hurriedly-called programme, the chowkey was inaugurated by school education minister Rajendra Darda in the presence of Aurangabad commissioner of police Sanjay Kumar and Aurangabad central MLA Pradeep Jaiswal.

According to police records, the Kranti Chowk police station was set up in 1985, in the prime commercial market area of Aurangpura from the jurisdiction of the City Chowk police station. The old chowkey fell in the jurisdiction of Kranti Chowk police.

The ancient building that housed the chowkey was estimated to be over a century old, dating back to the era of the Nizams. However, it was not included in the list of heritage structures in the city. During the civic body's road-widening drive in 2003-'04, a portion of the building was demolished and made it dangerous to live in. The police chowkey, subsequently, shifted to a temporary tent in the area, with personnel working from the tent over the past 10 years.

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