Continuing its controversial anti-encroachment campaign in the national capital, the BJP-ruled civic body today entered Madanpur Khader in southeast Delhi and demolished several buildings it deemed illegal. Amid loud protests by local residents who claimed they received no prior notice, bulldozers were seen trying to demolish a six-storey building in the area. A number of workers armed with hammers were seen bombing the building from the inside.
Adam’s Public Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan, which recently managed to stop a similar campaign in Shaheen Bagh, was present at once. He claimed that the buildings were not illegal.
He told ANI, “I am ready to go to prison if I save the homes of the poor. There is no encroachment here. I will support them (civilian body) in demolishing if there is any encroachment.”
Local residents accused the civil authority of rampant corruption claiming that they were aware of all the construction work in the area and let it in after receiving bribes from builders but now they entered with bulldozers without giving any notice.
Residents were seen chanting slogans against the police, who provide security for the civilian body, while they continued to operate. Police can be heard warning protesters over a megaphone that action will be taken against them if they continue their protest.
On Wednesday, the civil authority carried out demolition campaigns in Najafgarh, Dwarka and Lodhi Colony. Congress and General Adami leaders alleged that the buildings were arbitrarily demolished.
Congress party leader Abhishek Dutt said in videos posted on his Twitter account that the party would not allow “a bulldozer of hate” to pass through the national capital. He wondered why similar measures had not been taken against the farmhouses of the wealthy.
“If the BJP wants to manage the bulldozers, it has to manage it with unemployment and high fuel prices,” he said. They have to operate bulldozers on the Chinese border encroachment. We are ready to accompany them.”
The Municipal Authority conducted anti-encroachment campaigns in several parts of Delhi. The demolition in Jahangirpuri, just after communal clashes in the area, made headlines with opposition leaders questioning its timing and motives.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) came under fire after local residents and opposition parties described its anti-bullying campaign as politically motivated and perfectly timed as the civic body’s mandate expired on May 18.