Delhi Development Authority
New Delhi: The residents of B.K. Dutt Colony in New Delhi on Friday protested outside the office of Delhi Development Authority alleging inaction concerning a piece of land which they claim is being illegally acquired by the Anjuman-e-Haidri.
The residents of the colony sat outside Vikas Sadan raising slogans against the civic agency and demanded that the DDA take action to save the land from the alleged encroachment.
The protesters said the organisation was allotted over 4,000 sq m land where a dargah is located. However, it is now trying to grab the surrounding land showing it to be Wakf property.
Anjuman-e-Haidri, however, said the issue of ownership of the land has already been decided in its favour by the court. It said the residents are protesting against it as there are certain houses on the karbala land, which will need to be demolished since the land belonged to the Wakf and was being used for various rituals for years now.
“Ownership is not the issue at all,” the spokesperson of the organisation said.
The residents, however, allege that the Anjuman-e-Haidri has illegally encroached upon public land so that extra people visiting the shrine may be accommodated.
In 2005, the organisation had moved the Delhi High Court, which directed the New Delhi Municipal Corporation to construct boundary walls around Wakf properties.
Later, the residents of the colony moved High Court by way of a petition alleging that the Wakf Board is illegally encroaching upon the land, which must be maintained as a park of green area.
Harbans Dunkal, a BJP member, said: “We got to know that the DDA is the agency which should take care of the land, but it is shying away from its responsibility. We want tge DDA to take up the matter sincerely before the high court. Today's protest is to remind them to act.”