3 die in violence
DELHI TURNED into a battlefield on Wednesday as traders — observing a daylong strike to protest against the MCD's sealing drive — clashed with police in several areas. A police spokesman confirmed at least three deaths — including that of two children — in Seelampur area of north-east Delhi. He said one person died in police firing and they were investigating the other deaths. Over 100 others were injured in the clashes.
Ordered by the Supreme Court last year and executed by the municipal body, the sealing drive — to remove shops from residential areas — had met with stiff resistance from traders. Though the government had tried to save the majority of the traders by redefining certain roads in residential areas as commercial, the court's Monitoring Committee did not recognise the move and asked the MCD to proceed with the sealing drive.
On Wednesday evening, Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy said, "Making law is the prerogative of the government and not the court's." He said a special session of Parliament would be convened if needed and "if required, we will amend the Constitution". The remarks came ahead of Monday's hearing of the case in the court.