The Delhi High Court has slammed the railways for its inhuman demolition drive, during which over 500 hutments were demolished in the capital leaving hundreds homeless in the biting cold. An infant allegedly died during the drive. The court issued a notice to the railway, the police and city government ordering them to make a coordinated action plan for the rehabilitation of the displaced residents.
The bench asked the railways if a survey was done and if proper rehabilitation arrangements were made before the demolition drive in Shakur Basti, west Delhi.
Unfortunately the Counsel for the railways was unable to respond to the query. The court also asked why there was a tearing rush to demolish the area. It sought details of the affected residents and ordered all agencies to distribute blankets, food and medicines.