Watch: “They Gave No Notice, Have All Papers,” Says Agitated Ganesh Gupta As His Shop Comes Under Demolition Drive

Delhi’s Jahangirpuri on Wednesday morning witnessed chaos and drama as earth moving equipment rolled into the area to demolish illegal constructions after the North Delhi Municipal Corporation launched an anti-encroachment drive.

The Apex Court, however, soon halted the demolition. But it was too late. Ganesh Kumar Gupta, who owned a juice shop, had already suffered, with his shop being razed down.

Talking to HW News exclusively, Mr Gupta said: “My shop was allotted by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in 1977. When they came for demolition, I told them to check our papers and then demolish if they want. Still, they did not even check papers. One hour ago, an order came from the Supreme Court to stay the demolition. Despite that, they did not stop the process.”

Mr Gupta told that his shop was demolished one hour after the Supreme Court order came. 

“When everyone came to know about Supreme Court order through media, how could they demand a copy of order? Will they not even listen to Supreme Court?” he asked. 

“This was our only source of income. I have four children and a daughter-in-law. We will go to court against this. Despite having all required documents, despite Supreme Court’s order, they demolished our shop.”

When asked if they were served any notice by the civic body before the demolition started, Mr Gupta told HW News: “No, we did not receive any notice. Had we a received notice, we would have gone to court against it with our documents.” 

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