Centre shielding Congress leader who usurped DDA land: AAP

New Delhi, Dec. 13 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday lashed out at the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for their slum demolition drive and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Government at the Centre of trying to shield a Congress leader who had usurped DDA’s land.

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said that the DDA, which comes under the Central Government, had shown no interest to take back land usurped by Congress leader Asim Mohammed Khan despite High Court order.

“Delhi Congress leader Asim Mohammed Khan has taken DDA’s land to build an illegal zoo in Kalindi Kunj. The High Court on May 2, 2012 had asked DDA to evict that land and after they failed to do it, the court had issued contempt order. The information that we have is that the DDA is withholding its action due the interference from a Central Government Minister,” Vishwas told the media persons here.

“DDA is not concerned about this, but is keen to evict poor people dwelling in slums. The DDA which comes under BJP-ruled Central Government is trying to save a Congress leader,” he added.

He said that the recent drive to pull down slums was a violation of Supreme Court’s order, which prohibits eviction of any house with proper arrangements for the rehabilitation of the residents.

“On one hand you are shielding a leader who has usurped government land and on the other you are violating Supreme Court’s order which prohibits demolishing any house unless the residents are rehabilitated,” he said.

“Prime Minister’s vision to build smart cities is fine, but to demolish a person’s home and leave him homeless in Delhi winter will not send right message across nation,” he added.

According to reports, the DDA had demolished several Jhuggis to free the Belagaon area in Old Delhi as part of their demolition drive last week.

The DDA had reportedly said that they were carrying out the demolition drive on the orders of the National Green Tribunal.

More than 500 slums were demolished in an anti-encroachment drive conducted by the Indian Railways in Shakur Basti on Saturday.

Slum residents created uproar after a child was found dead. They alleged that then child had died in the anti-encroachment drive.

Railway sources, however, have denied the allegations, saying that the death of the child occurred in one of the slums around 10 am and had nothing to do with the removal of encroachments. (ANI)

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