Civic authorities on Thursday carried out anti-encroachment drives in varied elements of Delhi that sparked violent protests within the Madanpur Khadar space the place the locals claimed that authorized buildings had been bulldozed. According to the police, the locals in southest Delhi’s Madanpur Khadar tried to cease the bulldozers and pelted stones at safety personnel however had been chased away. AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, who was part of a protest in Madanpur Khadar, has been detained together with others, police officers mentioned.
Khan, nonetheless, alleged that the Delhi Police has arrested him. “Delhi Police has arrested me. Can imprison me, not my spirits,” he tweeted in Hindi. While the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) carried out the drive in Madanpur Khadar and Dhirsen Marg, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) took motion in Rohini and Karol Bagh. Delhi’s three municipal companies — South, East and North — are dominated by the BJP.
As bulldozers, surrounded by SDMC officers and the police, rolled into Kanchan Kunj in Madanpur Khadar to raze alleged unlawful buildings, locals, together with ladies, gathered on the streets and atop buildings to oppose the motion.
The protesters had been joined by Amanatullah Khan and his supporters who raised anti-BJP slogans.
According to the police, individuals pelted stones at safety personnel however had been chased away. South Delhi civic physique officers mentioned that two to 3 unlawful buildings and different short-term buildings within the Kanchan Kunj space of Manadpur Khadar had been demolished.
A senior police officer mentioned, “We have detained AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan and others who protested against the drive along with supporters and locals. We have made adequate security arrangements to ensure no untoward incident takes place.” Security personnel had been seen sporting helmets and carrying batons to disperse the group through the protest.
The locals alleged the civic authorities had “taken money” to permit development there and termed the demolition motion “politically motivated”.
Naushad, a 32-year-old resident of the world mentioned the demolition started at 11 am and his brother’s constructing was among the many buildings razed.
“The police as well as the civic body took money and allowed construction around 20 days ago. But despite that, they demolished it. My brother has papers for the plot he purchased from a farmer. The civic body took Rs 3 lakh from my brother. They are not even ready to speak to us now,” he claimed.
Another resident of the world advised reporters that the motion was “politically motivated”.
“There is no encroachment here and even if structures were built illegally then where was the SDMC when such buildings were being built?” he posed.
Earlier within the day, Khan alleged that the drive in Madanpur Khadar was in opposition to the poor as he appealed to his supporters to achieve the world to carry a protest.
“I will not let the houses of the poor bulldozed. Arrest me if that saves houses from being demolished. We are also against encroachment. Tell us about those and we will remove it. There is no encroachment here,” the AAP MLA mentioned. SDMC Central Zone Chairman Rajpal Singh nonetheless refuted Khan’s allegation, saying the drive was in opposition to the “mafia” who encroach upon authorities land.
“Our enforcement teams along with an adequate police force and equipped with bulldozers and trucks have started removing illegal buildings, kiosks, temporary structures in Madanpur Khadar. Our drive against encroachment will continue and anyone obstructing it will be dealt with accordingly,” he advised PTI.
The recent actions had been part of a collection of anti-encroachment drives by the civic our bodies since April-mid.
On April 20, an anti-encroachment drive was carried out in Jahangirpuri which had witnessed a communal conflict just some days in the past throughout a Hanuman Jayanti procession within the space. The drive was halted following a Supreme Court order.
In the next days, demolition drives had been carried out in areas reminiscent of Shaheen Bagh, New Friends Colony, Dwarka and Najafgarh.
On Monday too, AAP’s Amanatullah Khan had staged a protest throughout an anti-encroachment drive in Shaheen Bagh. n FIR was registered in opposition to him for “obstructing” officers from finishing up the train.
In north Delhi, a senior civic physique official mentioned, “We have got the police and other personnel, and the anti-encroachment drive is being carried out in Rohini and Karol Bagh zones.” A stretch on the Okay N Katju Marg in Rohini is being cleared of unlawful short-term buildings whereas in Patel Nagar motion is being taken in Prem Gali, he mentioned