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Clashes erupt during drive in Delhi's Madanpur Khadar area

  • calendar 13-May-2022
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Clashes erupt during drive in Delhi's Madanpur Khadar area

Clashes erupted between the residents and the police and paramilitary forces during a demolition drive conducted by South Delhi Municipal Corporation in Madanpur Khadar area close to the Delhi-Noida border on Thursday. After police baton-charged the angry crowd, some people, including area MLA Amanatullah Khan and his supporters, were arrested for obstructing a government servant from carrying out his duty.The heavy police presence was visible at Kanchan Kunj, an unauthorised colony on the banks of the Yamuna close to Madanpur Khadar. Soon after the anti-encroachment exercise began, local residents raised slogans against the BJP-led municipal corporation and offered stiff resistance to the SDMC’s four JCBs, around 50 municipal workers and the security forces.Delhi Police stopped Khan and his supporters 100 metres from the buildings being demolished. Khan remonstrated, “This is not an encroachment removal drive. They are bringing down the houses of poor people, and that is why I am protesting. I am also against encroachments, but the municipal corporations should point out such illegalities to the people who will remove them on their own.”The protestors, including a large number of women, claimed the demolition drive was unjust and their houses were built on land bought on power of attorney. Khan alleged, “The corporation officials are so corrupt that they are sparing those who have paid them Rs 5 lakh, but bulldozing the other properties.”

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