More than 100 residents of the unauthorised colony at Haibatpur, which was demolished by the Greater Noida authority a week ago, staged a protest on Sunday and blocked traffic for an hour on the stretch adjoining their colony.
According to the authority, the drive was carried out against those who had encroached upon the area which has been declared a green belt under the master plan.
“Around 270 families have been affected by the demolition. We had proper sale deed registered with the sub-registrar office. We will move court and seek justice,” said Ravinder Kumar, one of the affected residents.
“How can the authority term our houses unauthorised? We bought the land before the authority’s notification,” said another resident Pushpak Singh.
Later a police team reached the site and dispersed the protesters. “The land belongs to the authority. Some developers sold the land illegally to innocent persons. The residents should have checked it from the authority before buying the land from the builders,” said Yoginder Yadav, officer on special duty, Greater Noida authority.
On September 10, the sight of the Greater Noida authority’s demolition team on its way to remove illegal constructions had sparked violence at Haibatpur. At least three persons were hurt when the protesters clashed with policemen accompanying the demolition squad.
The protesters pelted stones and burnt tyres to stop the demolition team but the situation was brought under control by the police personnel. Personnel from two police stations and a company of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) were accompanying the demolition squad.