I had been to the protest march this morning and returned sometime back. It looks like the demolition cannot be stopped. Here are some events which unfolded.
BBMP commissioner had aparently agreed to stay the demolition for the next 2-3 months as consideration (children's education will be impacted.) However, no written commitment (the usual thing)
His deputy, Ramesh, has mentioned that the demolition will continue. When informed of the commissioner's commitment (his boss), he has asked for written approval, which the commissioner does not want to give.
Most other concerning officials who have been conatcted were either not responding or in meetings (even on Sunday!)
Some of the civil society members requested the Police chief (at the site) to have the demolition to be stopped by a day , as today being sunday, it is not possible to get a stay order/ other approval to hold. However, the officer-in-charge refused it and sternly informed everyone not to come in between, else they would be arrested. Looks like he is under pressure to get the demolition done today itself.
While demolition was stopped for sometime (chiefly because me and other members were holding placards and blocked the 2 entrance options) there were rumours that there were couple of men brandishing knifes threatening people to vacate. Some dweller, were themselves removing their tin sheets and leaving, despite, some members telling them not to.�
My point is, while I agree that illegal immgrants would be residing there, it is undeniable that a piece of land give to the EWS people cannot be taken away with scant regard to the process of law. This is similar to the Beggars colony, which was initially allotted for rehabilitation and today their land is being seized.
Who owns this land? If it was allotted for welfare purpose, where is the justice to now use that land for commercial purpose? Why do the demolition on Sunday, when the courts are close, officials untraceable?.. These are question we need to reflect on