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Delhi Demolition Drive Updates: AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan booked for allegedly halting demolition drive

Shaheen Bagh Delhi Demolition Drive News Updates: Hundreds of people including women protested opposing the anti-encroachment drive. The protests erupted as bulldozers rolled into the area in the presence of a huge number of police personnel, including senior officers.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 10, 2022 3:53:44 pm
Bulldozers arrive to carry out anti-encroachment drive in Shaheen Bagh. (Express Photo by Abhinav Saha)

Shaheen Bagh Bulldozer Demolition Drive Updates: Hours after the demolition drive at Shaheen Bagh was disrupted, the Delhi Police has logded an FIR against AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan and his supporters for allegedly halting the MCD-led drive on Monday. The FIR under IPC sections 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 353 (assaulting public servant) has been registered on the complaint of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

In another development, the Bharatiya Janata Party has asked the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Commissioner to take action against political leaders from the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress who “disrupted” the demolition drive at Shaheen Bagh on Monday, and demanded that an FIR be lodged against them. Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta wrote to the SDMC Commissioner after the drive was halted due to protests by locals. BJP leader Kapil Mishra said that in places like Shaheen Bagh, the rule of law is not being enforced.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea by the CPI(M) against demolition of buildings in the area and asked the petitioner to approach the Delhi High Court on the matter. The apex court highlighted that it cannot intervene on any matter and there needs to be a violation of law for it to step in. Meanwhile, hundreds of people including women protested opposing the anti-encroachment drive. The protests erupted as bulldozers rolled into the area in the presence of a huge number of police personnel, including senior officers, causing traffic snarls at Shaheen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Jaitpur, Sarita Vihar and Mathura Road, among other places.

 

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Shaheen Bagh Bulldozer Demolition Drive Updates: BJP wants action against Congress, AAP leaders who disrupted drive; SC refuses to entertain CPI(M) petition; protests erupt in Shaheen Bagh;  follow this space for latest news and updates.

22:13 (IST)09 May 2022
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan booked for allegedly halting demolition drive

Hours after the demolition drive at Shaheen Bagh was disrupted, the Delhi Police has logded an FIR against AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan and his supporters for allegedly halting the MCD-led demolition drive on Monday. The FIR under IPC sections 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 353 (assaulting public servant) has been registered on the complaint of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

20:24 (IST)09 May 2022
In Photos| Anti-encroachment drive in Shaheen Bagh.

Hundreds of people are seen protesting against the demolition drive by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in Shaheen Bagh on Monday. The protests caused traffic snarls at Shaheen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Jaitpur, Sarita Vihar and few surrounding areas.

Express Photos by Abhinav Sinha

19:48 (IST)09 May 2022
'Rule of law not being enforced in places like Shaheen Bagh, they are like mini Pakistans': Kapil Mishra

On the demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh on Monday, BJP leader Kapil Mishra said that in places like Shaheen Bagh, the rule of law is not being enforced.

In a video message, he claimed, “The bulldozer went to Shaheen Bagh today and returned. People laid down in front of it, some climbed atop. There is no entry for police and the bulldozer at Shaheen Bagh. This very Delhi Police and municipal corporation carry out drives in Gandhi Nagar, Amar Colony, Vishwas Nagar etc. The law is followed despite opposition from people. But some areas like Shaheen Bagh, Jahangirpuri and Seemapuri, where there is no entry for the Constitution police, law, municipal corporation etc., what should we say about these places where the Indian constitution is not applied, where the Indian police can’t enter? These places like Shaheen Bagh, Jahangirpuri and Seemapuri have become the hub of illegal weapons, illegal businesses and illegal immigrants. What will these places be called since the Indian law is not being allowed to be enforced here? These are like mini Pakistans being created in Delhi and in many places across the country.”

19:41 (IST)09 May 2022
BJP leaders want leaders who disrupted Shaheen Bagh demolition drive arrested

The Bharatiya Janata Party has asked the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Commissioner to take action against political leaders from the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress who “disrupted” the demolition drive at Shaheen Bagh on Monday, and demanded that an FIR be lodged against them. Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta wrote to the SDMC Commissioner after the drive was halted due to protests by locals. “As per the pre-decided date, action was to be taken by the municipal corporation against the illegal encroachment of Bangladeshi Rohingyas at Shaheen Bagh today.

However, some political parties and their leaders, some MLAs of the Delhi government, some councillors and some leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress tried to obstruct the operation by lying down in front of the bulldozer. They stopped police and SDMC officials and did not allow the action to take place,” he claimed in the letter.

17:14 (IST)09 May 2022
3-lane flyover to connect ITO to Ashram in the pipeline

To ensure a smooth commute between Central, East and Southeast Delhi, the Public Works Department (PWD) is planning to construct a three-lane flyover for vehicles travelling from ITO towards Ashram at the Sarai Kale Khan T-Junction. This will come up alongside the existing flyover, which provides connectivity from Ashram to ITO.

Officials said the new flyover will also help decongest the Sarai Khan ISBT and T-junction where several other projects, such as the Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS), are coming up.

“Sarai Kale Khan is going to become the city’s transport hub, with the RRTS, Delhi Metro, Nizamuddin Railway station and ISBT merging at one place. There is also a plan to integrate these… Once the RRTS station, which is under construction, is ready, the area is expected to become more congested. To avoid this, the PWD has decided to construct this additional flyover which will take the load of surface traffic coming from ITO and provide space for buses and local traffic below,” said an official.

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17:13 (IST)09 May 2022
Delhi: 23-year-old man shot dead outside party

The Delhi Police have arrested a 38-year-old man for allegedly shooting dead a 23-year-old man in Outer Delhi’s Ashram Vatika Sunday night, said officials Monday. The victim was trying to leave a party when the accused allegedly followed him and shot him dead, said the police.

The police said they received a PCR call around 10.08 pm from the victim’s father. The caller Taha Singh alleged that his son Sunil was killed by a local man at a party. Sunil was rushed to a hospital but he succumbed to his injuries, the father said.

15:14 (IST)09 May 2022
'What are HC's for, don't file petitions like this': SC on plea against Shaheen Bagh demolition drive

On the matter of the demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh, the Supreme Court on Monday asked that why affected parties can’t go to High Court in such matters. “What are the High Courts for?…This is not correct…Don’t file petitions like this…This is too much. Some (political) party coming and telling us that High Court has refused to hear,” said a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai.

15:02 (IST)09 May 2022
Traffic jams in Shaheen Bagh, adjoining areas amid protests due to demolition drive

Shaheen Bagh and adjoining areas in Delhi witnessed traffic snarls on Monday after protests erupted there with hundreds of people, including women, opposing an anti-encroachment drive of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), officials said.

The traffic police assisted the local police to ensure that no inconvenience was caused to the commuters and traffic diversions were made accordingly. "The heavy vehicles were first diverted and an alternative route was suggested for such vehicles. Our men were deployed at the spots where congestions were reported to ensure that no inconvenience was caused to the commuters. We diverted all the vehicles going towards Shaheen Bagh towards GD Birla Marg via Kalindi Kunj and then towards Crown Plaza and vice versa," a senior traffic police officer said.

15:00 (IST)09 May 2022
Hundreds protest against drive demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh

Hundreds of people including women protested Monday opposing an anti-encroachment drive of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in Shaheen Bagh, news agency PTI reported.  The protests erupted as bulldozers rolled into the area in the presence of a huge number of police personnel, including senior officers, causing traffic snarls at Shaheen Bagh, Kalindi Kunj, Jaitpur, Sarita Vihar and Mathura Road, among other places. Following the protests, the SDMC officials returned with the bulldozers, without carrying out the exercise, an official said. 


14:57 (IST)09 May 2022
'Cannot intervene on anything, there needs to be a violation of law': SC on demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh

On the matter of the demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh, the Supreme Court on Monday said that it cannot intervene on any matter and there needs to be a violation of law for it to step in. “We have never given any licence to everybody to come here and say my house is being demolished even if it is unauthorised. And the Supreme Court would be doing only that!…This is too much. Merely because we are showing indulgence, don’t take shelter under the court’s orders. We can interfere as and when…if there is any violation of law, definitely we will step in. But not anticipation at the behest of political parties like this, ” the court said.

14:51 (IST)09 May 2022
SC refuses to entertain plea against anti-encroachment drive, asks petitioner to approach HC

After the anti-encroachment drive at Shaheen Bagh was halted, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea by the CPI(M) against demolition of buildings in the area and asked the petitioner to approach the Delhi High Court on the matter.

14:03 (IST)09 May 2022
Anti-encroachment drive to be conducted near New Friends Colony on Tuesday

On May 10, the anti-encroachment drive will be conducted near Gurudwara Road near New Friends Colony while on May 11, it will be conducted in Meharchand Market, Lodhi Colony near Sai Baba Mandir and near JLN Metro station, SDMC's Central Zone chairman Rajpal Singh told PTI.

13:58 (IST)09 May 2022
AAP supporting Rohingyas by opposing demolition drive: Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta

Delhi BJP Chief Adesh Gupta criticised the Congress and AAP for "opposing anti encroachment drive" in Shaheen Bagh.

"Today it's proved that AAP and it's MLAs are supporting Rohingyas and Bangladeshis. Those who are lying before bulldozers will be given a reply by the people. It's unfortunate that AAP and Congress are opposing removal of encroachment in Shaheen Bagh. I urge AAP and Congress not to link encroachment with religion," he said.

The plan for anti-encroachment drive comes after Gupta wrote to the mayors of South and East corporations on April 20 seeking the removal of encroachments "by Rohingyas, Bangladeshis and anti-social elements" in their areas.

13:57 (IST)09 May 2022
SC to hear pleas against Shaheen Bagh demolition at 2 pm

The Supreme Court will hear petitions against the anti-encroachment drive in Shaheen Bagh at 2 pm. The North MCD had carried out a similar drive in Jahangirpuri last month. The civic body informed the apex court that its drive in Jahangirpuri was in pursuance to directions of the Delhi High Court.

13:44 (IST)09 May 2022
Bulldozers leave from Shaheen Bagh

The anti-encroachment drive at Shaheen Bagh came to a halt after the civic body's bulldozers left the area. DCP (southeast) Esha Pandey said, "They have completed their demolition drive and left."

13:19 (IST)09 May 2022
Anti-encroachment drive in Shaheen Bagh halted

The anti-encroachment drive at Shaheen Bagh has been halted. It remains unclear whether the drive will resume.

12:46 (IST)09 May 2022
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan joins protest against Shaheen Bagh demolition drive

Joining the locals in protesting the anti-encroachment drive in Shaheen Bagh, AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan said people had removed their encroachments on his 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?" he asked.

12:37 (IST)09 May 2022
'Mayor should resign, MCD is world's most corrupt corporation': Congress' Parvez Alam

Parvez Alam of the Congress was detained for protesting in front of the bulldozer in Shaheen Bagh. He said, "The MCD is the world's most corrupt corporation. Aaj Mayor ko istifa dena chahiye uske nikammepan par. Adesh Gupta ke ishare pe kaam kar rahe hain. (The Mayor should resign today over his uselessness. He functions according to BJP leader Adesh Gupta)."

Parvez Alam after being detained. (Express photo by Abhinaya Harigovind)
12:13 (IST)09 May 2022
Locals protest 'targeted demolitions'

Local residents of Shaheen Bagh stood in front of a bulldozer, that arrived to carry out an anti-encroachment drive and raised slogans. Yasir Imam, a local resident, said that people had gathered against the "targeted demolitions".

Express photo by Abhinaya Harigovind
12:05 (IST)09 May 2022
Bulldozers arrive in Shaheen Bagh to conduct anti-encroachment drive

Amid tight security, bulldozers arrived in Shaheen Bagh to carry out an anti-encroachment drive.

Days after Nuh Police registered an FIR following viral videos of purported ‘gau rakshaks’ forcing a man into an SUV at gunpoint, cow vigilante groups held a mahapanchayat at a cow shelter in the district’s Sangel village Sunday. The groups said they had given the call for the gathering on social media in response to statements made by politicians in Nuh suggesting that “gau rakshaks will not be allowed to enter”. They also issued an ultimatum to the state government to end cow smuggling in Nuh within a month. Meanwhile, to ensure a smooth commute between Central, East and Southeast Delhi, the Public Works Department (PWD) is planning to construct a three-lane flyover for vehicles travelling from ITO towards Ashram at the Sarai Kale Khan T-Junction. This will come up alongside the existing flyover, which provides connectivity from Ashram to ITO.

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