Amanatullah Khan MLA, arrested for protest over demolition drive, gets bail

Delhi Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan, who was arrested last evening for protest over the demolition drive, gets bail by Saket Court on Friday.

He was arrested by Delhi Police at Madanpur Khadar yesterday, where he lead a protest against SDMC’s anti-encroachment drive.

Today morning, Khan’s wife Shafia tweeted from his official Twitter account that Amanatullah Khan’s life was in danger.

“Okhla MLA, my husband Amanatullah Khan was arrested by the Delhi police. I have no clue about his whereabouts for the last 4-5 hours. I am afraid some untoward incident can take place, his life is in danger,” Shafia tweeted.

Shafia who said her husband Khan was arrested for raising the voice of people, requested shopkeepers in Okhla to keep their shops shut between 9 am to 5 pm, to show solidarity with the MLA.

BJP controlled civic authorities Thursday carried out anti-encroachment drives in various parts of Delhi. The demolition drives sparked massive protests in the Madanpur Khadar area of Delhi, where locals claimed that legal structures were bulldozed.

Amanatullah Khan, who was part of the protest at Madanpur Khadar, was detained by Delhi police on Thursday morning and arrest was registered on Thursday night.

“I am ready to go to jail if it saves the houses of poor people. There is no encroachment here. I will support them (civic body) in demolition if there is any encroachment,” he told news agency ANI before his detention.

On Monday too, AAP’s Amanatullah Khan had staged a protest during a demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh. An FIR was registered against him for “obstructing” officials from carrying out the exercise.