Slum development board evicts poor people in Bengaluru without prior notice

Karnataka Slum Development Board officials evicted about 160 families residing in Bengaluru’s Bhuvaneshwarinagar on Friday morning.

The officials have said the families occupied the apartments illegally in Uttarahalli ward. However, the inhabitants alleged they are forced to leave due to pressure from politicians and they did not even receive any advance notice from the board.

In an erstwhile slum, the Karnataka Slum Development Board in the year 2019 had constructed 47 apartment blocks with 864 houses with nearly 420 families. The construction was delayed due to which some residents occupied the flats that were not fully completed.

On Friday, the board officials with nearly 400 police men came to the ward. While they tried to remove items from a few houses, several people protested against the eviction, compelling them to call off the action.

Imran Pasha, member of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who is also the resident of the apartment told THG, “The residents have been staying in these flats for nearly 6 to 7 years now. Slum board isn’t approving our demand draft (DD) yet. They want to accommodate these apartments to supporters of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress, not the original inhabitants.”

He alleged that the slum board officials are taking money from both the political parties. “They don’t care about poor people living in these blocks,” Pasha said.

Advocate Manjunath R Swamy, appearing on behalf of the families, said he will file a writ petition in the High Court on Monday morning.

“Slum officials tried to evict residents illegally. When we asked if they have any orders from the court or have issued any notice. They said neither any order is required nor any prior notice was needed to start the eviction drive. This is illegal,” Manjunath said.

Meanwhile, the Slum Board officials did not respond to calls when THG tried to reach them.

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