In a major anti-encroachment drive, Huda on Tuesday razed more than 100 slum dwellings near Unitech House at South City -1.
The demolition was carried out in the face of stiff resistance from the inhabitants. Gurgaon police deployed more than 50 personnel to provide security to the demolition squad.
“We had issued warning at least seven times in the last five months. They had grabbed about two acres belonging to Huda. Today (on Tuesday) we demolished all the illegal structures,” said SK Rana, estate officer-1, who led the Huda team.
The slum dwellers, supported by local activist-couple Praveen Sharma and Rajbala, put up a stiff resistance.
However, the ousted people, mostly scrap-dealers, auto-drivers, meat sellers and taxi drivers, rued that they were not even informed in advance about the Huda’s drive.
Ismail, a scrap dealer, said, “We have been here for the last seven years but no one touched. The team did not even give us half-an-hour to remove our belongings. They came with JCB machines and started breaking our houses.”
Praveen Sharma alleged that although the authorities demolished the houses of poor people without any warning, they spared a liquor store on the same land which is situated in the vicinity of a gurdwara and a school.