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On way to submit memo, AAP members engage in scuffle

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 08, 2014
First Published: 12:02 IST(8/5/2014) | Last Updated: 12:03 IST(8/5/2014)

Two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers engaged in a scuffle outside Punjab Raj Bhawan when they were on their way to hand over a memorandum to UT administrator Shivraj Patil regarding illegal demolition notices to colonies here on Wednesday.

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A verbal spat got ugly when members were getting pictures clicked before submitting the memorandum. Enthusiastic to get his picture clicked, one of the workers pushed and abused party’s media affairs official.

Offended, the latter retorted by hitting the other member with his Ipad, while others intervened to stop the duo from fighting. With their intervention, the situation was controlled and both were pacified.
However, the duo entered into a scuffle again at the party’s office later. Police had to interevene to sort out the matter.

The memo submitted highlighted that notices issued to Pandit Colony, Kuldip Colony, Mazdoor Colony, and Nehru Colony, were illegal.

T he memorandum stated that the notice issued by the administration to undertake demolition in the aforementioned colonies was illegal and arbitrary as it was not in accordance with law.
It mentioned the demolition of Colony number 5 last year and highlighted how out of around 17,000 families, only around 6,925 were identified in the bio-metric survey. The number of tentative eligible families considered for allotment at Colony number 5 after verification of 2013’s voter list further decreased to only around 4,000. Thus, it was clear that a large number of families were left in the lurch, said the memorandum.

“As per a National Rural Health Management report, there are 41 urban slums and colonies in the city. However, the administration has only shown 18 slums to absolve themselves from liability of rehabilitating their population. In the present case also, there are two more colonies near these colonies which are neither on the map of the administration, nor has any biometric survey ever been conducted here. Through this notice, there is a great possibility that these colonies will be wiped out,” the memo read.

Members demanded that the notice should be taken back and the demolition drive should be stopped with immediate effect.

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