North Delhi Municipal Corporation halts anti-encroachment campaign in Jahangirpuri after SC order – The New Indian Express

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Bulldozers razed several structures in violence-hit Jahangirpuri on Wednesday during an anti-encroachment campaign by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (North DMC), but she was arrested hours after a court order supreme.

The anti-encroachment campaign continued even after the Supreme Court ordered authorities to arrest him.

A North DMC official, who requested anonymity, said the campaign continued due to the lack of a written order from the Supreme Court.

He was arrested as soon as the order was received, the official added.

The Supreme Court has ordered the Chief Secretary of the Supreme Court to immediately convey the earlier order to stop the demolition in the Jahangirpuri riots here to the Mayor of the North DMC and the Delhi Police Commissioner.

A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana in the morning ordered a halt to the conduct and also agreed to hear a motion challenging the action of civic bodies allegedly directed against the accused of communal misdemeanors.

Despite instructions from the Supreme Court, bulldozers were seen razing structures near a mosque in Block C of Jahangirpuri where violence erupted on April 16.

The trip lasted 1h30.

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However, North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Raja Iqbal Singh said the conduct was stopped following the Supreme Court order.

“We will follow the Supreme Court orders. We have stopped the driving. The civil machinery there is now just lifting garbage and other items that are lying around on the roads in the area,” Singh told PTI.

Meanwhile, heavy police and paramilitary forces were deployed ahead of the ride.

Officials said security forces were carrying out a flag march in the area and had taken stock of the situation ahead of the launch of the campaign.

A drone was also deployed to monitor the situation.

Prior to the drive, residents of Block C of Jahangirpuri voluntarily removed their belongings from the roadsides, they said.

The area was the scene of violent clashes, including stone throwing, arson and gunfire, between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession on Saturday.

Eight police officers and a resident were injured.

Melissa C. Keyes