The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the residents of B K Dutt Colony,South Delhi,and the management of a Muslim shrine located in the area to settle their issues through mediation.
The residents of the colony have alleged that outsiders encroached on government land and resorted to violence in the name of performing religious work.
The court also asked the Delhi Wakf Board and other public authorities,including DDA and Land and Development Office,to come together and amicably resolve the issue on March 19.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice
Rajiv Sahai Endlaw referred the matter to the mediation centre and fixed April 17 for further hearing.
The court was hearing a plea of B K Dutt Colony residents to direct police to maintain law and order in the area as they faced a tense situation following a clash in January between police and devotees after they had tried to open the gate of Shahi-e-Mardana dargah at Kanati Masjid,allegedly built on public land inside the colony.
Police have not been able to protect the residents of the colony but have actively collaborated with the outsiders to grab the space within the colony owned by the government, said the petition,adding outsiders have attempted to intimidate the residents of the colony by foisting false cases on them and were using the police to threaten and harass them.
The locality,in the vicinity of of the Jor Bagh Metro station and Safdurjung Flyover,had witnessed clashes between a group of people and police last month,following which the residents had moved the court.