The Chandigarh police at Sector 17 on Friday manhandled slum dwellers when they were protesting the administration’s decision to demolish their houses.
Police assaulting the protestors in Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Friday.
The police also detained around 50 persons, including a few women who also joined the agitation.
The protestors, part of the Ghar Adhikar Sang rash Morcha, Chandigarh, demanded to meet the UT deputy commissioner. But they were forcibly picked up by the police and were removed from the Sectors 16-17 cricket stadium roundabout.
The protestors reached Sector 17 and threatened to block the traffic if they were not allowed to meet the DC. Station house office (SHO), Sector 17 police station, Dilsher Singh, said, “The protesters were detained to maintain law and order in the city. They were asked to go to the Parade Ground but when they did not listen to us, as a part of preventive action, some protesters were detained.”
A larg e number of act iv - ists and students of Panjab University were also among those detained by the police for a couple of hours. The dwellers had converged at the cricket stadium roundabout to press for their demands which include withdrawal of notices demolition from nine colonies, ensuring
rehabilitation and providing alternative housing.
Chandigarh administration’s estate office issued notices of demolition to nine colonies-Colony number 5, Pandit Colony, Mazdoor Colony, Nehru Colony, Kuldeep Colony, Kajheri Colony, LBS Colony, Madrasi Colony and Janta Colony on June 3.
The Ghar Adhikar Sangharsh Morcha, Chandigarh, in a press statement said, “In the recent demolitions carried out in the city, slum dwellers were uprooted from six colonies – Colony number 5, Pandit Colony, Mazdoor Colony, Nehru Colony, Kuldeep Colony and Kajheri Colony – leaving 1 lakh people homeless over night. LBS Colony, Madrasi Colony and Janta Colony will also face a similar fate.”
The Aam Aadmi Party’s Chandigarh unit also criticised the police and administration for manhandling the protestors. AAP central observers, Rajeev Godara and Roopinder Dhaliwal said, “We condemn the fact that even young children and their mothers were picked up and detained by the police for almost the entire day.”