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    New Delhi (Sputnik): A woman engaged in a vigorous tussle with an excavator machine to oppose an anti-encroachment drive in India’s Rajasthan state. The drive was meant to remove illegal settlements.

    In the video, Rekha Devi, 70, the head of the village governing body in Jalore district of Rajasthan, can be seen trying to get hold of the loader bucket of the excavator machine as other villagers attempt to dissuade her.

    The woman can be seen hanging from the loader bucket in a strong protest against the drive.

    “The land belongs to the Gram Panchayat. What was happening is illegal. I went to protest against it. However, they manhandled me”, media reports quoted the woman as saying.

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