The Delhi police, the civic agency and religious groups are eagerly awaiting the Delhi high court’s verdict on the proposed demolition of the unauthorised construction near the Jama Masjid metro station site, where archaeological ruins were found recently. HC will announce its decision on Friday. The court had on July 30 ordered the demolition of the unauthorised structure on the land where archaeological ruins believed to be from the Mughal-era were found.
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation was to carry out demolition in the presence of Delhi police. It was to be followed by an archaeological investigation by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
However, even as they maintained that they were following the court’s directives in the matter, the Delhi Police requested that demolition be carried out after the month of Ramzan to any avoid communal strife.
They also requested the court to direct Matia Mahal MLA Shoiab Iqbal – who led the community to erect the structure, to remove it. Iqbal then requested the court to restrain from the demolition of the structure.
None of the agencies have taken any action yet. To avoid any law and order problem, the Delhi police is refusing to disclose if they plan to lend support to the civic agency.
However, according to the sources, the police have now embarked on an assessment of the situation after realising that submissions citing lack of police force on account of Independence Day and Eid can no longer hold valid.
“We are gathering information about a safe time to approach the structure based on inputs generated from various informers and other channels to ensure that the demolition is carried out peacefully,” a source added.
YS Mann, North Corporation’s director (press and information) said, “Our request for additional police force is pending.
It is required to maintain the law and order situation as well as ensure the security of the staff when the actual demolition takes place.”
The police is not very vocal about their plans on this issue. “Since the Akbarbadi mosque issue is sensitive, commenting on it would be inappropriate. We will follow the directives of the High Court,” said Devesh Chandra Shrivastava, additional CP (central).