BBMP flattens sheds at EWS quarters in Ejipura
The BBMP took up the eviction of residents and demolition of sheds at Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quarters on Saturday, witnessing stiff resistance from the residents.
Tension prevailed as protesters tried to prevent the BBMP from demolishing their sheds. Adugodi police detained more than 30 people who were protesting against the Palike. The residents blamed that the police assaulted the women who were protesting.
The BBMP started the eviction drive on Friday. The residents were protesting against the drive and had met the BBMP commissioner Siddaiah over the issue.
Dalits and Minorities Land Protection Forum convener MR Prabhakar said the police assaulted the women and detained two research students of Indian Institute of Science.
Prabhakar said school and college exams are nearing. If the BBMP evicts the residents and demolishes the sheds, it would affect the children's future. He said the residents had requested the BBMP commissioner to provide two months' time.
The demolition crew cut electricity lines and tried to destroy the five bathrooms used by 1,500 families. The residents protested, sitting in front of the bulldozers. The demolition of many other homes was thus halted. Several people are now without a roof over their head in the biting cold, many families with infants under the age of two, sitting outside their former homes with a small set of possessions accumulated over 10-30 years of living here.
Hundreds of policemen were deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident.
More than 100 people from Ejipura EWS quarters along with various organisations conducted a protest at the BBMP headquarters. They also met BBMP commissioner Siddaiah on Saturday and he assured them that there would be no demolition drive till April. He said the BBMP would only demolish the empty sheds.
After getting assurance from the BBMP commissioner, the residents visited the additional commissioner (law and order) T Suneel Kumar to request for the release of the detained protesters.
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