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Constitution, law bulldozed during Jahangirpuri demolition drive: CPI-M

New Delhi, April 21 (KMS): Communist Party of India (Marxist),  leader Brinda Karat has termed the demolition drive carried out by the Municipal Corporation in Jahangirpuri area of the Indian capital New Delhi “bulldozing the constitution.”

“The law and the constitution have been bulldozed by these illegal demolitions,” Karat said as she was physically seen blocking a bulldozer in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri.

Incidentally, the CPI (M) leader stepped in at a time when the JCB was about to demolish the illegal encroachment outside a temple.

“The Supreme Court has given the order to maintain the status quo on the demolition drive, I have just come here to implement that order,” Karat told mediapersons.

According to reports, Ms Karat had physically carried the Supreme Court order to the officials who had continued the demolition, insisting that they had not received the order.

“The demolition was totally illegal and motivated, it was not to uphold the law but for a political, sectarian agenda,” Ms Karat told media.

The anti-encroachment drive began in the violence-hit Jahangirpuri area at around 10.40 a.m. in the morning. The first demolition was of a tobacconist’s shop and then the JCB proceeded further to demolish another juice-cum-tobbacco vendor next to it. A double storey scrap dealer’s shop was also razed.

The residents in the vicinity of the demolition drive could be seen watching from the rooftops and the windows of their houses. While speaking to media, several expressed their resentment over the government’s strict action which came just 4 days after the severe communal clashes.

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