Police Stop CPI, SP Delegations from Meeting Locals in Jahangirpuri


Residents speak to a media person after Wednesday’s demolition of illegal encroachments in a communally sensitive area in Jahangirpuri, in New Delhi, on Thursday. — Reuters

The Communist Party of India (CPI) delegation members sat on a dharna near the barricades at Kushal Chowk in Jahangirpuri after being stopped by the security personnel.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — Two delegations of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and of Smajwadi Party were not allowed to meet the locals in Jahangirpuri in New Delhi by the securiy personnel over there. The delegations were supposed to study the sufferings of the local residents in the aftermath of disturbances which occurred as some Hindu fanatics raised provocative anti-Muslim slogans during a religious procession.

According to newsagency PTI, the five-member delegation of the Communist Party of India (CPI) sat on a dharna near the barricades at Kushal Chowk in Jahangirpuri after being stopped by the security personnel.

The delegation led by CPI national secretary and Rajya Sabha MP D Raja, included CPI leaders Annie Raja, A Khan, Pallav Sen Gupta and Binoy Biswan.

D Raja said they have come to understand the people’s suffering, reports PTI.

“We came here to meet the people and understand their suffering. Why are we not being allowed to go inside? Why was this bulldozing’ order? Who was behind this? The Delhi Police is under the Ministry of Home Affairs so (home minister) Amit Shah should be held responsible,” Raja told reporters.

The Union home minister should explain what happened there as illegal bulldozing was carried out in the area that devastated a number of people, said Raja.

“You have caused devastation what will happen to these people? We are asking the police personnel for permission to visit C-Block where demolition was carried out, but we are not being allowed in. We will stand here and put forth our demands,” Raja said.

A four-member delegation of the Samajwadi Party (SP) consisting of party MPs S T Hasan, Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, Ravi Prakash Verma, Javed Ali Khan and Safiqur Rahman also reached Kushal Chowk, Jahangirpuri but they were also not allowed to meet the people, according to the report.

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