North MCD Stops Anti-encroachment Drive After Supreme Court Order

Hours after the Supreme Court on April 20 paused the advancement of bulldozers in violence-hit Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, the anti-encroachment drive came to an end, with the Supreme Court scheduled to hear the matter on Thursday.

The demolition drive comes days after communal clashes broke out in the area. On Wednesday morning, security was heightened across the city, and in Jahangirpuri in particular. A total of 12 companies (around 1,250 jawans) of the CRPF have been deployed in the city in two shifts, most in and around Jahangirpuri.

On Tuesday, in its order remanding two men to police custody for two days in connection with the Jahangirpuri clashes, a Delhi court asked the police to ensure the investigation was carried out in the fairest manner. Remanding Ansar and Saleem to two days of police custody, the court said that “arrest and detention are justified on account of reasons mentioned in the application. Further, investigating agency is hereby directed to ensure that the investigation is carried out in the fairest manner”.

While Niaz Ahmed Farooqui, secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, had also appealed to the home ministry to intervene and stop the demolition drive in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri.

“We’ve information that a demolition drive is underway in Jahangirpuri. We’ve sent a notice to the North Delhi Mayor, Police, Chief Secretary to stop this drive. By doing this after riots condition, you’re only favouring rioters, targeting a community. The government shouldn’t do this,” Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind secretary was quoted as saying by ANI.

Meanwhile, the police confirmed that bulldozing has been stopped in Jahangirpuri. This comes after the Supreme Court ordered that authorities be directed to stop the demolition drive.

Earlier today, the Supreme Court had stayed the demolition drive. However, the demolition drive continued for about an hour and a half after that.

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