AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, who has been booked for allegedly inciting a crowd to damage AIIMS’ fence, and said the structure blocked the passage of vehicles and was razed with the help of PWD officials after the hospital authorities did not attend PWD meetings in this regard.
“The bone of contention is a wall that blocks the passage of vehicular traffic from Gautam Nagar and nearby areas to Ring Road and AIIMS. It forces the residents to take a detour which, sometimes, takes around 40 minutes…This inhumane Berlin wall has to go,” he said.
The fence is not on AIIMS’ property. There is a 100 metre-long road between the hospital and the structure, the Malviya Nagar MLA said.
“I have done no wrong. We went to raze the wall along with PWD officials who brought a JCB. It was the AIIMS’ personnel who pelted stones at us.
“The AIIMS officials then asked for more time. Later, it was decided that AIIMS and PWD officials, local residents and I would meet on Wednesday to resolve the issue,” he said.
Hinting at a political conspiracy behind the filing of an FIR against him in connection with the matter, he said, “The incident took place on September 9 and there was no case till September 11. This (FIR) is because of the massive response AAP’s rally has got in Punjab.”
The AAP MLA also said five meetings have been held this year between local residents and PWD officials to resolve the issue and “not a single sitting was attended by the AIIMS officials. The decision to break the wall was taken only after AIIMS failed to respond”.