Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Shaheen Bagh demolition drive: AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan booked for “obstruction”

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation lodged a complaint with the police after hundreds of local residents forced the civic body to return without demolishing buildings.

The Delhi Police on Monday booked Aam Admi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan and his supporters for allegedly obstructing the anti-encroachment drive in Shaheen Bagh.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation lodged a complaint with the police after hundreds of local residents, politicians, and MLA Khan forced the civic body to return without demolishing buildings.

An FIR has been registered against Khan and his supporters under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, police officials informed.

Shaheen Bagh, famous after becoming the epicenter of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act movement, is majorly populated with Muslims. The protesters raised slogans against the BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) as well as the Modi government.

“Amanatullah Khan MLA (Okhla) along with his supporters present did not allow the field staff of the zone SDMC to remove the encroachment,” the SDMC’s Central Zone licensing inspector wrote in the complaint, reported PTI.

Earlier joining the locals in protesting the anti-encroachment drive in Shaheen Bagh, AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan said people had removed their encroachments at his request.

“‘Wazu khana’ and toilets outside a mosque here were removed in presence of police earlier. When there are no encroachments, why have they come here? Just to do politics?” he asked.

Locals alleged that the demolition drive targets the Muslim community.

The anti-encroachment drive at Shaheen Bagh has been halted after the protests.

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