5 Aug 2023

Haryana Violence: Trust Of People Being Destroyed, Says Cong MLA As Demolition Drive Continues In Nuh

Nuh: The demolition drive in violence-hit Nuh district of Haryana continued for the third day on Saturday. Authorities bulldozed illegal constructions on 2.6 acres of land around Nalhar Medical College in the state.      

Around 15 other temporary structures were also razed as part of the drive, police said.      

Authorities bulldozed about 250 shanties on encroached government land in Tauru town and other areas in neighbouring Nuh district, with Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij indicating on Friday the demolitions were part of action against those involved in the communal clashes.

Sub Divisional Magistrate Ashwani Kumar said the structures demolished were illegal constructions and notices had been given to owners of their structures. The owners of some illegal structures were also involved in the violence during the Braj Mandal religious yatra. Kumar said the demolition drive will continue. 

A police official said the demolition drive began from Adbar Chowk and will continue till Tiranga Chowk.

Faith and trust of the people is being destroyed: Cong MLA

The local MLA and deputy leader of the Congress Legislature Party, Aftab Ahmed, has protested against such action. "In Nuh, it is not only the houses of the poor that are being demolished, but the faith and trust of the common people is being destroyed as well. Villagers have said that houses and shops were demolished today, by giving notice in back date of one month. Government is taking wrong action to hide administrative failures, this is repressive policy," he tweeted along with a video of the demolition.

Six people, including two home guards and a cleric, died in clashes that erupted in Muslim-dominated Nuh when a Vishva Hindu Parishad procession or the Braj Mandal Yatra was attacked by mobs on Monday. Gurugram had also witnessed stray incidents of clashes. 

Nuh District Magistrate Dhirender Khadgata said curfew has been relaxed and people can step out to buy essential goods from 12 noon to 3 pm.   

According to police, 56 FIRs have so far been registered in the VHP procession violence case and 145 people have been arrested. An FIR was also registered against 10 people for spreading rumours on social media, they said. 

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