Delhi: Supreme Court halts bulldozer action in Jahangirpuri

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court ordered a stay on the NDMC’s anti-encroachment drive in the Jahangirpuri area of Delhi. The Supreme Court has ordered to maintain the status quo for the time being and the matter will be heard tomorrow.

The Supreme Court’s order came after nine bulldozers started demolishing illegal constructions in the area amid heavy police presence to deal with any law and order situation. 

The exercise comes after Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta wrote to the mayor of the civic body, asking him to identify and demolish illegal constructions of “rioters” in the area.

North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) Mayor Raja Iqbal Singh has termed it a “regular exercise”, news agency PTI reported. However, the timing of the campaign, especially since it comes right after the BJP keynote, has raised questions about the political motives behind the campaign.

This morning, Special Commissioner of Police Dipendra Pathak and other senior officers took stock of the area ahead of the operation. “Adequate force is present to oversee the encroachment operation,” Pathak said.

The civic body yesterday demanded a force of at least 400 policemen for the two-day anti-encroachment drive that began today. The Municipal Corporation has said in a letter to the police that a joint anti-encroachment program of Public Works Department, Health and Sanitation Department and others is proposed in Jahangirpuri.

In a letter to the police, the Assistant Commissioner of North Corporation said, “You (police) are requested to request women police/outsiders to maintain law and order during the encroachment removal action on April 20 or April 21 (from 9.30 am). Provide at least 400 police personnel including force as per your convenience for three days.”


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