Bulldozers role in Kanchan Kunj, very close to Shaheen Bagh on Thursday with the media crowd missing from the spot. Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan reached spot as anti-encroachment drive continued amid heavy security.
Congress leaders active in Shaheen Bagh went missing till the filing of the report as AIMIM Delhi president Kaleem-ul-Hafeez and Councillor Wajid Khan were present on the spot, said sources.
Khan objected the anti-encroachment drive and sat on the road for a few minutes with his associates. Many residents cried foul over the development.
Khan objected the anti-encroachment drive and sat on the road for a few minutes with his associates. Many residents cried foul over the development. Later on words spread in the locality that Khan was detained with some of his supporters. Shakeel Saifi said suddenly police swung into action and detained the MLA. Some even alleged that force was used by the police. However, a senior police officer denied any instances of lathi-charging and said no force of any sort was used on the protesters, reported The Hindu. Later on several videos of the incident surfaced on the social media with Khan’s supporters sharing it.
For hours Khan’s supporters were unable to know whether he will be detained or arrested. Late in the night, Khan’s close aide Firoz told the OT over phone that the MLA was arrested and sent to Tihar Jail. Following the development, Khan’s wife Shafia Khan wrote this on the social media: “अमानुतल्लाह खान की गिरफ्तारी असंवैधानिक है, जनता की आवाज़ बुलंद करने पर उन्हें सलाखों के पीछे भेजा गया है। ओखला की आवाम से मेरी गुज़ारिश है कि गिरफ्तारी के विरोध में कल सुबह 9 बजे से शाम 5 बजे तक अपनी दुकानों को बंद रखे ताकि हम भाजपा की इस ज़ालिम सरकार को यह बता सकें कि ओखला की अवाम अपने विधायक के साथ खड़ी है।.”
The SDMC said anti-encroachment team took action on four illegally constructed buildings in Madanpur Khadar area of Central Zone. During the drive in Sriniwaspuri area, nearly 2.5 kilometres long stretch from Iskon temple road, Dhirsen road, etc were made encroachment free. A total of 32 articles were also seized.
In West Zone, an anti-encroachment drive was carried out in Khyala and Punjabi Bagh where illegal permanent and temporary structures were removed from the government land. During the action, nearly 2 kilometres area along Chand Nagar road in Khayala’s Vishnu Garden area was made encroachment free while nine items were also confiscated
Encroachment removal was carried out at the places like Paschim Puri road and Central Market road in Punjabi Bagh area where nearly 2.2 kilometres of area was freed from illegal encroachment. SDMC squad also seized as many as 28 articles and impounded five vehicles.
In Najafgarh Zone, SDMC team conducted the drive along Sagarpur nallah to Kailash Puri road located in Sagarpur and Dabri. SDMC’s anti-encroachment team dismantled temporary construction on the roadside. During the action, encroachment was removed from the 2.8-kilometre area. A total of 16 items were seized while one vehicle was also impounded.
The civic agency will continue similar kind of action against encroachment in future also.