Haldwani demolition row: Supreme Court to hear petition challenging Uttarakhand High Court order on Thursday
The Supreme Court will hear a petition challenging the Uttarakhand High Court’s Order to vacate 29 acres of railway land in Haldwani on Thursday. According to reports, the residents of the area have been protesting, praying and imploring the officials and authorities for respite.
The homes that would be displaced after the Uttarakhand High Court’s order to vacate 29 acres of railway land in Haldwani will affect more that 4000 homes. Except for the houses, the railway land will also raze and affect four government schools, 11 private schools, a bank, two overhead water tanks, 10 mosques, four temples among other shops and businesses.
The Uttarakhand High Court passed the order for vacating the 29 acres of land, after which the district administration issued a notice in the newspaper instructing the people to move along with their belongings from the land before January 9.
Activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan made a formal mention in the Supreme Court for the case, after which the Apex Court decided it will hear the case on Thursday. The bench who will hear the case includes Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices SA Nazeer and PS Narasimha.
The 2 km land of Bhanpura area include Gafoor Basti, Dholak Basti and Indira Nagar to be vacated.
It is reported that the officials also inspected the land in the backdrop of protesting residents. It was also reported that the protestors were offering prayer in the local mosque in the locality. The land which is being asked to be vacated is dominantly owned or habited by people of Muslim community.
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Opposition Parties have also chimed in to support the protesting residents as the Uttarakhand ex-CM and Senior Congress Leader Harish Rawat demonstrated by sitting in an hour-long silent fast at his residence in Dehradun in support of Banbhulpura.
AIMIM chief Asadudin Owaisi also questioned the authorities and asked how it can encroach land when there are three government inter-colleges in the area. Owaisi further requested the Prime Minister to not displace the residents living there on humanitarian grounds.
The divisional railway official, Vivek Gupta, when questioned about how can such a large scale encroachment happen on the railway land, answered that the encroachment along railway lines is a nationwide phenomenon and added that the authorities regret it.
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