LAHORE – Dozens of residents of Shuja Colony staged a protest demonstration in front of the house of Provincial Minister for Education Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman against land grabbers, who had forcefully demolished their houses, on Friday.
The protesters alleged that during the operation, Gujjarpura police had tortured the residents including women and children. They placed the injured persons on cots and blocked the Main GT Road for two hours.
The protesters set tyres on fire and chanted slogans against LDA, Punjab Government and Gujjarpura police. Residents of Kacthi Abadi alleged that LDA had launched operations on Friday morning without any prior notice and forced them to vacate the place.
During the operation, Nazeeran Bibi, 70, denied to vacate her house and locked herself in her house but LDA officials did not pay attention to her. LDA collapsed her house with heavy machinery due to which Nazeeran Bibi and her grandson named Irfan, 20, suffered multiple injuries.
LDA officials had launched operation to retrieve 8 kanals of land through bailiff. Kachti Abadi was comprised 50 houses and around 1,000 people were living there. Police had also thrown valuables of the houses on road.
Azran Bibi, a resident of the area told that in 1964, a social worker of the area named Elahi Bashkh had allotted this place to them and they were living there since 1965. She said that they did not have any place to live and now police had put their goods in open sky. In case of rain, their goods would be destroyed, she added.
She further told that now Ehsan Elahi wanted to grab this place because he wanted to expand his hospital area. She said for this purpose, he had involved a renowned land grabber Mian Arshad of Samanabad. Mian Arshad with the help of Gujjarpura police had launched this operation. Rana Akbar, a resident of the area, claimed that court had not issued any notice to them for vacating the area. He warned that he would immolate himself in front of Punjab Chief Minister’s house if someone would do injustice to them.Protesters demanded the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court and Punjab CM to take notice of this issue and allow them to live in the area.
Meanwhile, heavy police contingents of Gujjarpura and Misri Shah police stations rushed the spot and dispersed the protesters after assuring them justice. They further said that these residents had no proof of ownership therefore court had issued bailiff orders.
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