The tussle between Lancer International School and the residents of Exclusive Floors in DLF City Phase 5 took a nasty turn on Tuesday as the police tried to demolish the extended divider at the entrance of the society, saying it was obstructing the movement of vehicles.
Incidentally, the personnel from Sushant Lok police station had come for the demolition drive with labourers borrowed from DLF. The residents gathered at the site and started protesting as soon as spades hit the structure. The residents’ welfare association (RWA) members claimed that the structure had been there for years and had never caused any traffic disruptions in the past.
One of the residents asked inspector Kuldeep Kumar as to who had authorised the demolition, to which the police officer could give no satisfactory answer. The residents claimed that the matter being sub-judice, the action was illegal and unauthorised.
When the police failed to show any authorisation, the RWA activists raised anti-police slogans and dared them to make arrests. “If the police have a legal mandate for the demolition, they will arrest us. Otherwise, they must leave.”
Inspector Kumar left the scene soon after. ACP (DLF) Bhupinder Singh refused to comment on the issue. “I am not aware of the incident as I was not present there. Tomorrow the high court will decide on the matter,” he said.
Recently, over 30 residents of Exclusive Floors had been served with contempt of court notices in the case. Two of those have already sold their houses and moved on.