Highlights

  • Demolition drive in Delhi's Jahangirpuri halted after court orders
  • Residents says they weren't given any notice about the demolition
  • Civic officials says locals had been warned several times

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Bulldozers demolished several structures at Jahangirpuri on Wednesday amid a heavy paramilitary and police presence during the NDMC's anti-encroachment drive that was stopped within hours following a Supreme Court order.

Malika Bibi's hopes to secure a better future for her children shattered when her fruits and vegetables shop, the sole source of her income, was razed by civic authorities at violence-hit Jahangirpuri in northwest Delhi on Wednesday.

A similar tale of woe was narrated by Nazma, whose sister Rahima "lost everything" as her tea shop near the C-Block mosque at Jahangirpuri was razed to the ground by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) during an anti-encroachment drive.

Bulldozers demolished several structures at Jahangirpuri on Wednesday amid a heavy paramilitary and police presence during the NDMC's anti-encroachment drive that was stopped within hours following a Supreme Court order.

The drive continued even after the apex court directed the authorities to stop it. Officials said it was because of the absence of a written order from the court.

Malika Bibi said she had been running the shop for 25 years and it was razed without any prior notice from the authorities.

"They razed my shop and took away four carts. This was the only source of income for our family of five. I have two kids and both are studying in primary schools. I am worried how their studies will continue and have lost all hopes for their good future. I am clueless about recovering our losses," she told PTI.

Before the anti-encroachment drive was stopped, the civic body had bulldozed a number of temporary shops and structures.

Also watch: Jahangirpuri riots: SC stops demolition drive in the tense area

The debris of the demolished structures was seen strewn across streets in the area after the drive.

"My sister Rahima (40) had a shop near the masjid and it has been demolished. The shop selling tea, coffee and other items helped her run her house but she has lost everything now. She did not get a notice or an order prior to the demolition. We are not being allowed to come out of our homes," lamented Nazma (35), who used to help her sister in the business.

Ganesh Kumar Gupta, whose fruit juice shop was also razed, said he will go to the court.

"My shop was registered under DDA allotment in 1977. I have been running after police and other officials with my documents since the morning. My shop was razed at 11.30 am, I told them about the Supreme Court order but they did not listen to me. I will go to the court," Gupta said.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana ordered the stopping of the drive and agreed to hear a petition challenging the action of the civic bodies allegedly aimed against those involved in Saturday's communal clashes.

Despite the court's directions, bulldozers were seen razing structures near the C-Block mosque in Jahangirpuri, where the violence had erupted on April 16.

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