Demolition squad | The Indian Express

Uttar Pradesh government’s bulldozer campaign, targeting protesters and political opponents, and by joining the points, the community has come to be expected – this should not detract from the fact that it is in violation of due process. Yogi Adityanath’s administration should conclude its actions with the honest claim that the strict state is moving against “anti-social” elements, union officials and politicians should brag about the “Sabbaths” following “Fridays”, and “return gifts” to the accused of rioting, It represents a new level of brutality in public discourse. The last episode – The home of political activist and businessman Muhammad Javid was demolished on Sunday, without warning, accused of plotting in the June 10 violence after Friday protests against Nupur Sharma’s remarks on the Prophet in Prayagraj – a day after the bulldozer demolished “illegal construction” in two residences Accused of violence Friday in Saharanpur.

Earlier, the Kanpur Development Authority demolished a building which district police claimed belonged to a relative of those accused in the June 3 violence.
There is a dirty and clear pattern: In an ecosystem where violations of municipal and urban planning laws are common, bulldozers are used to selectively punish and subdue. Even the requirement of adequate notice, or opportunity for appeal, being dispensed with, is not just a matter of technical – it is, as former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court Govind Mathur told this newspaper, “totally illegal…a matter of a rule of law.” Of course, the bulldozer is neither accidental nor accidental in the BJP system of UP. In the recent assembly elections, Yogi Adityanath, who won a second term as Prime Minister, was presented as the ‘Baba’s Bulldozer’. Since 2019, there have been indications of the new game guide: if earlier, property belonging to alleged gangsters was attached under the UP Gangsters and Anti-Social Activities Act (Prevention), now it is also demolished, even if the order is still in progress he heard. Among those affected, the Socialist Party or former BJP leaders who joined other parties disproportionately stood out. The administration expanded the use of bulldozers to pressure defendants to surrender, and as a punitive measure against those involved in public protest or accused of violence.

This brutal bulldozer policy which made the UP government its calling card has gone on on a larger scale, as demonstrated by demolitions in Jahangirpuri in Delhi and in Madhya Pradesh. He is now under substantive appeal in three courts – High Court, Allahabad High Court and Madhya Pradesh High Court. It has been contested as a violation of due process and fundamental rights, but in all three courts, cases remain on the ice. This sad. In a constitutional democracy, the bulldozer on a rampage is the state sticking its nose out in court, and the DM and SP play with the judge and jury — and loyal executioners. They must be strictly examined.

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