On April 20, Block C in the national capital’s Jahangirpuri—which literally sits on a garbage dump yard—was in the media focus. Many inhabitants woke up to the noise of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) bulldozers rolling into their locality, followed by media OB vans. While the demolition drive was underway, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat defiantly blocked a bulldozer as she waved a copy of a stay order by the Supreme Court. A few metres away, Ganesh Gupta, owner of a partly demolished two-floor structure from where he ran a juice shop, lamented in front of cameras: “My shop wasn’t illegal.” Aggrieved inhabitants rued that notices were not issued to them by municipal authorities before the “anti-encroachment drive” was carried out.
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