Ousted slum dwellers demand plots in Bawana
Scores of people evicted from various settlements protested in front of the Lt Governor’s office since Monday demanding plots in the Bawana resettlement colony.
Protesters alleged that the police on Tuesday removed them forcibly and packed them off to some far-off place. Of the protesters, eight were detained at the Civil Lines police station.
About 150 persons, including women and children, evicted from various settlements and slum clusters are demonstrating in front of the LG’s office since Monday.
Armed with documents as proofs, these people have been running from pillar to post since 2004 to get plots at Bawana.
Numerous meetings and letters later, both the Lt Governor and the Delhi Development Authority’s vice chairman agreed that these people indeed were entitled to plots but red tape prevented them from getting possession, the protesters said.
Fed up with the harassment, the residents decided to stage a daylong agitation in front of LG’s office on Monday, which spilled over to Monday night and also continued on Tuesday.
“Police told us that we would not be allowed to meet the LG. They resorted to lathi charge, injuring several of us,” alleged Loha Singh Yadav, from Bawana Sangharsh Samiti.
Zahir Ahmed from Hazard Centre, the NGO helping the people in dealing with the DDA, was one of the eight persons, including three women, detained at the Civil Lines police station.
“File notings obtained through RTI have established LG’s recommendations about allotment to those having ration cards or such documents,” Ahmed said.
Police claimed the agitators were given permission to protest only on Monday and denied use of force.
Rajan Bhagat, Delhi Police spokesperson said, “They were exceeding the permissible limits of holding demonstrations. They were let off after preventive detention.” Neemo Dhar, DDA’s spokesperson, said: “I don’t have details of the issue.”