Residents alleged that their belongings were set afire by police officials and they were lathicharged.
By Suparna Roy, Hindustan Times
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“Around 10.30am, MCF officials, along with police personnel, came to Khori and started demolishing our makeshift houses using JCB machines. When residents resisted, they were lathicharged and even their auto rickshaws were burnt. No notice was given to us. After the demolition drive that was conducted last year, no rehabilitation has been done till now,” said Muskan, a resident of Khori.
However, police officials denied the allegations and said that residents had pelted stones at them.
Meanwhile, activists and scholars working in the area and supporting the residents fight the case in the apex court also said that rehabilitation has been promised but the residents have not been given an alternative place to stay yet.
Ishita Chatterjee, a PhD scholar from the University of Melbourne, who has been studying Khori village, said, “The residents have continued to stay in the same location since there is no other option. They have not been given any compensation, and the rehabilitation flats are not ready. So, the question remains — where will they go? After the forced eviction, the government has further augmented this problem.”