New Delhi: Days after clashes took place in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has ordered an “anti-encroachment drive” in the area citing presence of “illegal houses”.
The move comes days after the communal clash that took place in the area on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti.
The notice issued also asked for around 400 police personnel to be deployed in Jahangirpuri ahead of the demolition.
However, the move has instilled the Muslims not just in Jahangirpuri, but around India as well.
The demolition drive has garnered criticism from all ends. A number of users on social media have cristised the government’s move and relating it to injustice being done on Muslims.
A hashtag ‘Stop Bulldozing Muslim Houses’ has gone viral criticizing the government for the anti-encroachment drive in Jahangirpuri.
A number of users have also tagged the chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on social media seeking his early intervention.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of India has put a hold on the demolition drive in Jahangirpuri.
The matter will be heard tomorrow as well in the court and the Delhi High Court will hear it today at 2 pm.
However, the Delhi-based civic body claims that they have not ‘received’ the order.
“We haven’t received the Supreme Court order’s copy yet. The demolition is underway,” a report by India Today quoted MCD officials as saying.
Pertinently, the Delhi Police has arrested five people till now in this connection.
The Home Ministry of India has also ordered that strict actions should be taken against the accused under the National Security Act.