The situation in Batla House was no different from Tuesday when the road was blocked to carry out demolition of an unauthorized construction on Jamia Millia Islamia’s land. The drive that went on for hours in presence of huge security force was peaceful with initial hitch that the force handled peacefully. A few protesters were detained and then left free after the drive mission was accomplished.
On Wednesday too heavy security force was deployed in the locality to build boundary on the land that Jamia freed from squatters. The construction of the wall was stopped on Tuesday as some AAP local leaders protested to it and demanded Jamia to construct the boundary by living its land so that the road could be broadened, claimed sources and eyewitnesses adding that where were they for the last two decades when the land was occupied with encroachment spilling over on the roadsides?
All told, on Wednesday morning residents faced hardship as the routes were diverted. Vehicles were stopped at Batla House chowk. Many residents unaware of the development were forced to walk or compelled to take long route to reach their destination. It is understood that things might improve by tomorrow as all depends on how fast the boundary wall is erected to save the property from squatters.
And as the work continues with the university succumbing to the local political pressure by building boundary giving away its land for widening of road many have started talking whether will it work or like earlier instances in the locality where broadened roads have been used for encroachment.
If some are apprehensive many have kept their finger crossed.