Ujjain: Some CNG auto rickshaw drivers ransacked the CNG machines and ATM after altercation with station employees over issue of parking their vehicles in queue at CNG mother station, Rishi Nagar Square here on Monday night.

According to Madhav Nagar police, Pinkal and Sanjay, CNG auto-rickshaw drivers reached at CNG mother station at 11:30 pm for filling fuel. Station employee Bharat, son of Satyanarayan Chauhan, told them to come in queue. They refused to do so and started to argue with the employee. The drivers then damaged fuel filling machines.

Soon, some more miscreants joined them and they ransacked ICICI bank ATM, situated on filling station premises. They also thrashed employees badly and asked them to fill gas in their vehicles. Police rushed to the station as soon as they got the informaiton. Station manager Santosh Chauhan told police that four employees were thrashed by the gang and the premises were ransacked. Employee Chandan Pandey was injured during the scuffle.

CNG mother station owner RR Khanna condemned the incident and station was closed for the day as a protest against the gudaism. Afterwards, SDM RS Meena inspected CNG mother station and asked station owner to install second CNG machine soon so that trouble to CNG vehicle users could be avoided.

It is to be noted that there are 1000 Tata Magic, 2150 auto-rickshaws and 1500 other vehicles running on CNG in city and there is only one CNG machine which compelled the consumers to wait for hours.

Ekta Auto-rickshaw Association president Firoz Shah said that due to closing of single CNG mother station, CNG users of city were compelled to move at CNG mother stations of Indore and Dewas for filling fuel. CNG auto rickshaw and Tata Magic operators are demanding another CNG mother station installation in city so that troubles like hours of waiting in long queues could be avoided. Whereas, administration said that land allotment for CNG mother station will be done sooner.

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