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Delhi demolition drive: NHRC team visits Shakurbasti site

On December 12, Northern Railways demolished nearly 1,200 shanties in an anti-encroachment drive, leaving at least 2,500 people homeless.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Published: December 18, 2015 3:43:24 am
People in Shakurbasti take refuge under a railway yard. (Express  Photo by: Oinam Anand) People in Shakurbasti take refuge under a railway yard. (Express Photo by: Oinam Anand)

A three-member team of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Thursday visited the site where Shakurbasti once stood to take a stock of the situation.

On December 12, Northern Railways demolished nearly 1,200 shanties in an anti-encroachment drive, leaving at least 2,500 people homeless.

The NHRC team including Anil Kumar Parashar and Srinivasa Kamath inspected the site and interviewed the residents with a questionnaire on the demolition.

The questions were to know the details of the residents, their family background and their identification cards, among other information.

The NHRC officials said the objective was to check the ground reality. Many people were rendered homeless after the demolition. The team also inspected the amenities being provided by the government.

“We have served a notice on the Northern Railways if all procedures were followed before the demolition,” said Parashar, joint registrar (law) and focal point, Human Rights Defenders, NHRC.

Parashar added that a questionnaire was also submitted to the police on the demands made by the Railways on the issue to them before the demolition was carried out.

“We will analyse the inputs by the authorities as well as the residents and then make our report on the issue,” said Parashar.

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