Avoid Batla House. If you are coming via Batla House road this morning then avoid it as the road is to be blocked for carrying out demolition of alleged illegal buildings.
Heavy security has been deployed to carry out the court order. The colony build on alleged varsity land is to be dismantled following court order, according to sources. As dismantling work started the road was closed with commuters told to take another route to reach Batla House or another place.
Initially while carrying out the demolition work, police faced hurdles. But it ably handled the situation by convincing residents that they were living on land of Jamia. Also, court order was shown to the residents. A few women who had turned up at the site started protesting. Later on they were detained and taken to Jaitpur police station with a few other protesting residents.
Protesters were raising anti-Kejriwal slogans. Later on they started holding Jamia responsible for their misery. Local leaders were absent from the site save a few, including Zia Chaudhary, Mahmood Ahmed and one more. They too were detained.
Till the filing of this report at about 1:40 pm, half the demolition operation was carried out peacefully. Many protesting residents demanded compensation.
The land case has been an old one with Jamia winning the case. It is understood that the case goes back to more than two decades, according university officials. The officials said on the condition of anonymity that the whole operation was carried out by the police.
In more than twenty five years, this is for the first time that the university has been able to get its 2.5 bigha land rescued from squatters under the leadership of Professor Talat Ahamd.
Since morning security was beefed up in and around the area. Five companies of police arrived in Okhla with many women police to handle any untoward situation. Jamia even had closed its school.