New Delhi: For the third day straight, Haryana’s Nuh district administration’s bulldozed nearly two dozen “illegal” structures mostly medical stores and other shops this morning.
The demolition of shanties belonging to migrants in Tauru, approximately 20 km from the violence-stricken area of Nuh, took place on Thursday evening due to encroachment on government land.
#नूंह में ये महज ग़रीबों के मकान ही नहीं ढहाए जा रहे बल्कि आम जन के विश्वास, भरोसे को गिराया जा रहा है। ग्रामीणों ने बताया कि आज महीने पुरानी बैक डेट में नोटिस देकर आज ही मकान दुकान गिरा दिये।
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Subsequently, bulldozers, accompanied by heavy police presence, were deployed at Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Government Medical College in Nalhar, Nuh, to demolish about two dozen shops, mostly pharmacies, located opposite the hospital’s main entrance. These shops had been in existence for many years.
Throughout the day, bulldozer action continued in various locations with the district administration teams overseeing the demolitions. Around 50 to 60 structures were demolished, leading many people to flee the area out of fear of arrests.
The recent clashes, sparked by an attempt to halt a Vishva Hindu Parishad procession, have escalated the violence, spreading to Gurugram in the past few days. Tragically, six people, including two home guards and a cleric, lost their lives in the unrest.
The district administration claims that it is removing all illegal encroachments, some of which had remained untouched for several years.
However, local MLA and deputy leader of the Congress Legislature Party, Aftab Ahmed, protested against this action, stating that it not only affects the homes of the poor but also shatters the faith and trust of the common people.
He accused the government of resorting to oppressive policies to conceal administrative failures.
Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij reported that 202 individuals have been arrested and 80 placed under preventive detention in connection with the communal clashes.
He expressed suspicion of a pre-planned “big game plan” behind the violence. On the other hand, Nuh Superintendent of Police, Narendra Singh Bijarnia, asserted that the ongoing investigation has yet to reveal any evidence of a mastermind behind the clashes. Instead, they are identifying and arresting various disparate elements believed to be involved.