A protest has begun at Batla House on Friday, according to sources. A budding leader Syed Faizan Sarkar was seen at the stage with a few women, who claimed, that their houses build on Jamia land was demolished three days ago.
In the background was huge hoarding with picture of Faizan in which was written: Compensation for the displaced. It is understood that the demand is being pointed toward Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, said local residents.
It was three days ago when Jamia succeeded in getting its land acquired after long legal battled. “We wish to bring on record your persistent and successful endeavours in gaining possession of Khasra number 68 of Jamia’s land that unfortunately over a period of time had fallen into the hands of unscrupulous encroachers and land grabbers. We heartily congratulate you on this grand success,” mentioned a letter written by Jamia Teachers’ Association (JTA) to the V-C.
A few locals said as MCD elections are coming near, some leaders may find an opportunity to use the incident as a launching pad to get popularity. Sarkar was among a few local leaders who had turned up on the day of demolition at the site and was detained for a few hours. Eyewitnesses said he was the first leader among the three, including two AAP leaders, who had turned up at the spot. After his and a few protesting residents detention the demolition drive went on peacefully with Jamia officials seen convincing the protesters about the legality of the case.
And many were seen convinced as they started moving with their items with only a few continuing to express their resentment, said eyewitnesses.