KARACHI: 5 folks have been taken into custody for resisting the demolition of seven residential buildings in Sultanabad close to the US Consulate, police mentioned on Wednesday.
The Karachi Bachao Tehreek, an alliance of a number of political and civil society organisations, was protesting towards the demolition of homes round three main drains within the metropolis.
It mentioned that working-class residents of Sultanabad close to the US Consulate had been arrested for ‘peacefully protesting’ towards the demolition of their properties.
KBT convenor Khurram Nayar instructed Daybreak that on Monday night time, the deputy commissioner of Keamari, Mukhtiar Abro, requested the residents to vacate their homes as a result of the identical can be demolished in view of ‘safety issues’ to the international mission.
Police arrest 5 protesters; DC says ‘high-rise’ buildings constructed illegally on small plots
Mr Nayar claimed that the residents had already obtained a keep order from the Sindh Excessive Court docket every week in the past.
Regardless of this, the demolition of seven residential buildings began on Tuesday below the supervision of the realm deputy commissioner.
He mentioned among the residents tried to movie the demolition work and ran in direction of their properties when the law-enforcers took motion however the police detained 5 of them within the night.
They have been initially taken to the Jackson police station the place the activists reached. Subsequently, they have been taken to the Docks police station the place a case was registered towards them on expenses of “tried homicide, riots and encounter with the police”.
The KBT chief added the held residents have been offered earlier than a involved courtroom, which remanded them in police custody for 2 days.
Mr Khurram claimed that the authorities have been destroying the residential buildings due to a ‘perceived safety menace’ to the UC consulate basic.
He mentioned that the residents had constructed the buildings they usually had received structure plans authorised by the authorities involved in addition to two officers of the consulate had additionally visited and reportedly ‘gave’ an approval for development actions some years in the past.
Alternatively, DC-Keamari Abro instructed Daybreak that seven high-rise buildings had been constructed on small plots, which have been ‘unlawful’.
“These constructions have been menace to life of individuals, subsequently, they’re being demolished,” the DC mentioned, including that the SHC had not given any keep order.
“We won’t dispossess the residents, however higher storeys [of their houses] will likely be demolished,” the DC added.
Keamari SSP Fida Husain Janwari mentioned 5 folks have been arrested after that they had resisted the ‘anti-encroachment drive’ and had been booked.
The officer added that the police have been there to supply safety to the Sindh Constructing Management Authority (SBCA), anti-encroachment and income division officers.
The SSP mentioned as per DC Keamari, these seven buildings have been ‘unlawful’, subsequently they have been being demolished.
He mentioned the DC had additionally instructed the police that the keep order had been vacated. Subsequently, the anti-encroachment drive was launched on Tuesday and continued until Wednesday, he added.
Printed in Daybreak, June 23rd, 2022