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Jahangirpuri violence: Demolition drive continues in Delhi despite SC’s ‘status quo’ order

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The demolition drive in Jahangirpuri comes only days after the region was rocked by sectarian riots. On Wednesday morning, security was increased across the city, particularly in Jahangirpuri. The CRPF has deployed 12 companies (about 1,250 jawans) in the city in two shifts, with the majority stationed in and around Jahangirpuri. The Supreme Court has ordered that the status quo be maintained, and the case will be heard tomorrow.

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The drive is undertaken a day after Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta wrote to the party-ruled North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to identify illegal constructions of ‘rioters’ in Jahangirpuri and demolish them using bulldozers.

Officials said security forces were carrying out a flag march in the area and they took stock of the situation before the drive was launched. A drone has also been deployed to monitor the situation.

Ahead of the drive, people in Jahangirpuri C Block voluntarily removed their belongings from roadsides, they said. The NDMC had on Tuesday requested the Delhi Police to provide at least 400 security personnel to maintain law and order during the two-day drive.

The area witnessed violent clashes, including stone-pelting, arson and firing, between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession on Saturday. Eight police personnel and a local resident had sustained injuries.

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