The locals in the Jahangirpuri area were extremely angry over the anti-encroachment drive by the North Delhi municipal corporation on Wednesday. The demolition process was stopped after several illegal encroachments were demolished by the Municipal Corporation in the violence-hit Jahangirpuri area of the national capital. Among the demolished were a tobacco shop, a scrap dealer’s shop, a juice corner, and the front gate of a mosque. Pertinently, the shops that were demolished belonged to both the communities. The process was stopped due to the Supreme Court’s intervention which ordered status quo on the demolition drive against the alleged encroachers. The Chief Justice directed the status quo on the demolition drive and agreed to list the matter for hearing on Thursday before an appropriate bench. Earlier, senior advocate Dushyant Dave again mentioned the Jahangirpuri demolition matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana, saying despite the top court’s order, the municipal corporation did not stop the demolition drive. The Chief Justice asked the registry to communicate the court’s status quo order on the demolition drive to the respondents in the matter — NDMC Commissioner, Mayor, and Delhi Police Commissioner — mentioned by Dave.
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