Dozens of Medical Stores, Other Shops Bulldozed in Violence-Hit Nuh

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The government is taking the wrong action to hide administrative failures, this is a repressive policy, deputy leader of the Congress Legislature Party and Nuh MLA, Aftab Ahmed, said.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — Nuh district administration’s action against “illegal” structures continued for the third day on Saturday with marauding bulldozers flattening around two dozen medical stores and other shops early in the morning. The demolition squad was still busy pulling down “encroachments” as this report was being posted. 

Authorities had razed shanties of migrants living in Tauru, about 20 km away from violence-hit Nuh, for encroaching on government land on Thursday evening.

Amid heavy police deployment, bulldozers rolled in at Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Government Medical College, Nalhar, in Nuh, to demolish around two dozen shops, mostly pharmacies, opposite the main entrance of the hospital, media reports said.

Ironically, these shops were there for years and the administration swung into action only after large-scale violence gripped the district.

The demolition exercise continues at different places, with district administration teams present on the spot. Close to 60 structures in different areas have been demolished so far forcing hundreds of people to flee, fearing arrests.

Security has been strengthened across Nuh following clashes after provocative slogans were raised at a Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) procession wherein participants openly brandished guns, swords and lathis. 

Sources said the district administration has started removing all those illegal encroachments, which could not be removed for the last several years, reports said. 

The local MLA and deputy leader of the Congress Legislature Party, Aftab Ahmed, has strongly protested the bulldozing tactics.

“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 the wrong action to hide administrative failures, this is repressive policy,” he tweeted along with a video of the demolition.

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