To stop the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) from razing their shelters, residents of Gayatri Colony, near the Anand Parbat industrial area, staged a protest outside chief minister Sheila Dikshit's home on Saturday.
Around 1,000 families protested the slum removal drive of the DDA and staged a daylong protest outside Dikshit's home.
"The bulldozers started razing down slums without any notice. The slum dwellers have been denied basic facilities like shelter, drinking water and sanitation. The DDA's drive will leave the residents homeless," said Alok Kumar, convener of Ghar Bachao Morcha, a body constituted by slum dwellers.
A memorandum, which said how DDA was encroaching upon slum dwellers fundamental right to shelter, was also submitted to the chief minister.
"Many of the families have already lost their homes. We'll demand compensation for the government," Kumar added.
The agitated crowd got a hearing from the Dikshit.
"She assured us that no further demolition would take place and the issue would be resolved amicably," Kumar said.