Protest Against Demolition of Workers' Homes in Chandigarh

Dhanas is a small colony situated in the Union territory of Chandigarh and it also houses several workers living and working in the city. Since last few years there have been concerted efforts to demolish the houses of the poor in Dhanas.

CPI(ML) has been waging a determined struggle to safeguard the interests of the poor residing in Dhanas and has successfully managed to stall several such attempts to displace the people living there.

While no legal notice was served to the people, it came to the notice of CPI(ML) and Inquilabi Naujawaan Sabha (RYA) activists through various newspapers and administrative personnel that a demolition drive was being planned on 30 June. It may be noted that this is a month of incessant rains. Also, the colony also houses several Muslim families who were observing Ramzaan fasts. The very plan to carry out demolition at such a time reeks of insensitivity.

In light of the impending threat on the shelter of several hundreds of people, CPI(ML) and RYA activists decided to take immediate steps to ensure that people were not forced out of their homes.

They decided to call for a dharna outside the DC's office. However, not only did the DC refuse to meet the protestors, a lathi charge was ordered on the people and tear gas used to try and to disperse them. However, hundreds of people continued to protest and in the process were also injured.

CPI(ML) and RYA leaders Com. Kanwaljeet, Com. Eisha, Com. Navkiran, Com. Jyoti and Com. Hasmeet were arrested and held in custody. Angered by the response of the authorities, hundreds of people blocked the sector 16 road. About 100 people were arrested while blocking the road.

30th June was observed as a protest day all over Punjab against the demolition plans and repression against activists.

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