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Chaldwani protests are held to protect their homes where they have lived for years.
Many draw comparisons between the Khaldwani protest and Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh. The Shaheen Bagh protest was against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2020, while the Haldwani protest was held to protect the houses that had been occupied for years.
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Haldwani’s protest became the latest sticking point between the BJP and the opposition as several opposition leaders extended their support to the protesters. Many draw comparisons between the Khaldwani protest and Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh. The Shaheen Bagh protest was against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2020, while the Haldwani protest was held to protect the houses that had been occupied for years. Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday held an hour-long silent protest at his home in Dehradun against the planned demolition.
The Supreme Court stayed the decision of the Nainital High Court in the Haldwani rape case. The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Uttarakhand government and the railways seeking their response.
Here are 10 important and informative points related to all aspects:
On December 20, 2022, the Uttarakhand High Court ordered the removal of “encroachments” from the railway land in Haldwani. The order was originally issued following a PIL in 2013.
Railway authorities have investigated the “illegal” structures following the court order as protests continue.
In this case, about 50,000 residents will be affected, besides schools, colleges, mosques and temples, etc. are also located in this area. The houses also have water supply and electricity.
According to the protesters, this land does not belong to the railway, and the protesters also have the support of the opposition leaders. Advocate Asaduddin Owaisi, president of AIMIM and Member of Parliament, asked that if there are government schools, then how is all this illegal encroachment?
Samit Hardesh, Congress MLA from Haldwani, said the railway survey has no meaning and the government has not tried to protect the interests of the residents in court.
In 2016, the railways said that the illegal encroachment was on 29 hectares of land, but now they are claiming 78 hectares.
The Samajwadi Party sent a delegation to the protest site in Haldwani on Wednesday. MPST Hasani Moradabad while leading the delegation said what is the condition of the railway land? Who bought it from? While people have been living in it for over 100 years!
Residents were given a notice to vacate the building before the High Court hearing, and evictions are expected to begin on January 10.
Eight companies of the Indian Reserve Battalion and Provincial Armed Constabulary and 10 companies of the Railway Protection Force will soon be deployed at Haldwani, the administration said.
The Supreme Court said that people have been living there for many years. Any plan to restore them, you are only giving 7 days to empty, it is a human issue. Who is from Uttarakhand Government? What is the position of the government on this issue? The Supreme Court asked, how do you deal with the people who bought the land at the auction?