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Residents, dargah members clash over ‘disputed’ land, more cops deployed

While two companies of Delhi Police have been deployed around the Dargah Shah-e-Mardan, both sides have lodged complaints with the police against each other.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Published: January 14, 2016 3:27 am
Adequate number of security personnel have been deployed in the colony, said police. (express Photo by: Praveen Khanna) Adequate number of security personnel have been deployed in the colony, said police. (express Photo by: Praveen Khanna)

Additional police personnel were rushed to South Delhi’s B K Dutt Colony Wednesday morning after an altercation between residents and authorities of a local dargah over a piece of ‘disputed’ land.

While two companies of Delhi Police have been deployed around the Dargah Shah-e-Mardan, both sides have lodged complaints with the police against each other.

Members of the dargah authority claim that though the land is in their possession on court orders, some ‘land mafia’ were trying to acquire it. Due to the ongoing dispute, a few police personnel are always deployed at the spot.

Local residents claimed that members of the dargah authority had manhandled some senior citizens, who were “simply sitting” on the plot of land.

Members of the dargah authority said they had objected to the presence of the men as the land belonged to the dargah.

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“We asked the policemen deployed there that since the land belonged to the dargah, how could they allow people to enter the premises? Then, some members of the Waqf land mafia came inside and started pelting us with stones,” said Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, a member of the dargah authority.

The issue reached the Delhi High Court later in the day, when advocates Tasneem Ahmadi and Mehmood Pracha approached it over the incident. They told a bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva that there had been “several incidents of stone-pelting” since Wednesday morning.

Counsel for Delhi Police, however, told the court that “no written complaint” had been filed till 4.30 pm, when the plea was being heard.

The bench directed the police to ensure there are no law and order problems in the area.

The members of the Resident Welfare Association (RWA) of B K Dutt Colony, however, claimed the dargah authority members had made video recordings of the people sitting on the land.

“We never use the land since it is embroiled in a court case. A few senior citizens were sitting there in the morning and they would have left soon. They (dargah members) started misbehaving with them and even beat some of them up,” said Harbans Dunkal, RWA president.

While Naqvi claimed that two dargah members received minor injuries in the stone-pelting, the RWA said three residents had been injured in the ‘beating’. An eyewitness who did not want to be named said both sides had thrown stones at each other for nearly half-an-hour.

On the current situation, Deputy Commissioner of Police Prem Nath said, “We have deployed adequate number of security personnel. A case under relevant sections has been registered.”

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