Guwahati News Desk: SC had directed the court’s Secretary-General to convey its order to the NDMC Mayor and the Delhi Police chief immediately to stop the demolition drive in violence-hit Jahangirpuri
Heavy police and paramilitary forces were deployed in violence-hit Jahangirpuri during Wednesday’s anti-encroachment drive in the area, even as the local Mayor called it a “routine exercise”.
The drive was undertaken a day after Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta wrote to the party-ruled North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to identify illegal constructions of “rioters” in Jahangirpuri and demolish them using bulldozers.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, in the forenoon, ordered the stopping of the demolition drive by authorities in the area of Delhi and agreed to hear a petition challenging the action of the civic bodies allegedly aimed against the accused of the communal offences.
As the demolition drive continued even after its order, the apex court directed the court’s Secretary-General to convey the order to the NDMC Mayor and the Delhi Police Commissioner immediately to stop the demolition drive.
The area had witnessed violent clashes, including pelting of stones, arson and firing, between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession on Saturday. Eight police personnel and a resident had sustained injuries.