Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta has written to the Delhi top cop and the Commissioner of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) demanding action against leaders of the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party who sat in front of bulldozers in Shaheen Bagh this morning, resisting the SDMC’s anti-encroachment drive in the area.
Anti-encroachment drives were planned in the SDMC areas after Adesh Gupta wrote to the BJP-ruled civic body’s mayor on April 20 to remove encroachments by “Rohingyas, Bangladeshis and anti-social elements”.
“It was decided in advance that action will be taken today against the illegal encroachments in Shaheen Bagh against Bangladeshi Rohingyas. However, certain political parties and their leaders, including MLAs of the Delhi government, leaders of the Congress and the AAP, lay in front of the bulldozers, hindering government action. The police and civic officials were stopped from carrying out their duty,” Adesh Gupta wrote in the letter.
“Hence, I request you to take just action against these leaders for obstructing government work,” he added.
Speaking to reporters at Shaheen Bagh, Gupta said, “The anti-encroachment drive is going on across the national capital, but the AAP and Congress are politicising it with fake allegations of biased action in Muslim-dominated areas. Illegal constructions are being razed everywhere but the Congress and AAP are trying to shield the illegal Bangladeshi and Rohingya immigrants who cause trouble and riots in the city.”
“The Congress and AAP are indulging in appeasement politics. They want to create the votebank of illegal Rohingyas and Bangladeshis. When such illegal migrants start rioting, then they disrupt peace of the entire city and not just one locality. These parties shall let the law take its own course,” he added.
While the SDMC mayor, Mukesh Suryan, maintained that the anti-encroachment drive will continue in the locality, the Congress accused the BJP of targeting the area since the locals were involved in the anti-CAA protest. Scores of Congress workers were detained by the police while a complaint has been filed with the police against AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan by the SDMC.
This morning, bulldozers rolled into Shaheen Bagh, which was the epicenter of the mammoth protest against the Centre’s controversial new law – the Citizenship Amendment Act, as authorities continue to crackdown on illegal encroachments in the national capital.
Leaders of the Congress and other political parties joined the residents to protest against the anti-encroachment drive by sitting on dharna and blocking the bulldozers and excavators despite the heavy deployment of the police force.
India Today TV spoke to residents of Shaheen Bagh, who claimed there are no illegal encroachments on public land.
Wazib, a councillor who denied any encroachment on road number 13, said, “It is a CPWD road. MCD has nothing to do with it. People have left space in front of their roads.”
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, who was at the scene, said that action was being taken to “deliberately disturb law and order”. “I am here now. Let them show where the encroachment is,” he added.
The Supreme Court is hearing cases against the anti-encroachment operation launched by the BJP-controlled Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in the city in recent weeks and the issue of the drive at Shaheen Bagh will be heard as well.
Earlier, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation had also razed several homes and shops in Jahangirpuri in a perceived anti-encroachment drive after communal clashes broke out in the area on Hanuman Jayanti in April.
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