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Disabled family harassed by MCD and police

delhi Updated: Apr 27, 2011 00:30 IST
Shaswati Das
Shaswati Das
Hindustan Times
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A simple attempt to keep their handicap from interrupting their daily routine, turned into a nightmare for a family of three in Vikaspuri.

“My father and I are both wheelchair-ridden and there is a ramp that we use to manoeuvre our disabled-friendly vehicle.

That ramp has now been demolished by the MCD officials,” said 55-year-old Anuradha Hora, who has been living in Vikaspuri since 1981.

The ramp, which covered a stormwater drain, was demolished on Monday afternoon. This, after the Horas were promised that demolition will not take place near their house.

According to the family, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) which was on a drive to clean stormwater drains in the locality defied orders and demolished the ramp.

“We had written to chief minister Shiela Dikshit and the MCD commissioner on Januray 28, to stop the demolition in front of our house. We received a response from the CM asking the MCD to maintain status quo,” said Hora. “The MCD, however, defied the order and came yesterday (Monday) at 3pm and demolished the ramp.”

“The area SHO, Jagat Singh, ordered women constables to bundle up my mother and me into the police vehicle. The constables twisted our arms and tried to force us into the vehicle when we resisted,” she said. Delhi Police have now ordered a vigilance enquiry in the matter.

“We have taken the complaint from the woman and have constituted a team to investigate the matter. Appropriate action will be taken,” V Renganathan, DCP (west) said.

Hora said the authorities did not let the mother-daughter pair to enter their house when they insisted on showing the letter from the CM’s office.

“The women constables later forcefully entered my house and ordered me to open my cupboard to let them search for
the files related to the matter,” Hora said.

“When we tried to bring the matter to the notice of the higher authorities, the women’s helpline refused to file the complaint against the SHO’s harassment,” said Hora.