New Delhi: The Delhi MCD on Monday faced protests from locals as it reached the Shaheen Bagh area to conduct an anti-encroachment drive there. As soon as the bulldozer arrived, people gathered in front of it to prevent its movement. Congress party workers are among those present at the spot, alleging that the drive is politically motivated to target Muslim-dominated areas in the garb of anti-encroachment.
Locals are alleging that the MCD did not produce any notice ahead of the demolition drive.
Delhi police and other security personnel were deployed at the spot but the situation appeared tense as people standing in front of the bulldozer and climbing over it are being cleared from the spot.
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Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla responded to the allegations around the drive, writing: “Action on illegal encroachments being taken in Kalindi Kunj, Sangam Vihar, Amar colony, New Friends Colony, Lodhi road too. But for Congress and DISHAHEEN ecosystem action only being taken in Shaheen Bagh! From electricity supply in Rajasthan to uniforms to this – Congress.”
Action on illegal encroachments being taken in Kalindi Kunj, Sangam Vihar ,Amar colony, New Friends Colony, Lodhi road too
But for Congress & DISHAHEEN ecosystem action only being taken in Shaheen Bagh!
From electricity supply in Rajasthan to uniforms to this- Congress pic.twitter.com/t0gnxtLhzc
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) May 9, 2022
Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan also joined the protest at Shaheen Bagh and said: “People have already removed encroachments on my request. ‘Wazu khana’ and toilets outside a mosque here were removed in presence of police, earlier. When there are no encroachments, why have they come here? Just to do politics?”, ANI reported.
This comes as a recent anti-encroachment drive in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area following a communal clash on Hanuman Jayanti attracted the opposition’s ire. The MCD action was stayed by the Supreme Court.