Arvind Kejriwal Slams Delhi Railways For Late Night Demolition

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday (December 13) slammed the railways for undertaking the demolition drive at a time when the temperature saw a sharp drop. He ordered officials to immediately provide blankets and food to those who were rendered homeless following the drive. Talking to reporters, he said, “A child has died here. It is a very sad thing and I think that a murder case should be registered against the officers. Compensation will be taken from them. It should be deducted from the salaries of the officers who have conducted these raids.” Earlier, in a series of tweets, Kejriwal said, “Railways have demolished 500 shanties in this extreme cold. One child has died. God will never forgive them. Had instructed the local SDM to arrange for food and shelter. They did not arrange the same, so have suspended them.” The Chief Minister said that he had spoken to Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, who was not “aware of this operation. He was also shocked.” He said “our Divisional Commisioner” told the SDMs and another official to arrange for the accommodation and food for those evicted. “After coming here, we found that there is no arrangement for either. The DM comes under us, so we are suspending the DM right away,” he said. “It is being said that around 500 shanties were demolished. The documents we got to see….people are staying here since 1992, 1994….people had been staying here for 20 years and their shanties have been demolished. Whoever are the officers who have done this, I don’t think they are human beings… We are suspending the local DM, SDMs,” he said.

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