Modi Govt’s Fascist Bulldozer Tramples House of Nation’s Hero Who Led Uttarakhand Tunnel Rescue

Wakeel Hasan

CPIML Team Meets Waqeel, Extends All Kinds of Support to Waqeel and His Family!

New Delhi | February 29, 2024

Waqeel Hasan was a part of the team of 12 workers who rescued the 41 entrapped workers in Uttarakhand’s Silkyara Tunnel in November last year. He along with his associates worked tirelessly to save fellow workers who were trapped when the tunnel collapsed. After returning from the rescue operation he said that they took the risk for their fellow workers, it was a duty to the nation that they served.

After three months, the central government agency Delhi Development Authority (DDA) bulldozes the house of the Nation’s Hero in Delhi’s Khajuri Khas.

On 28th February, a team of DDA and Delhi police reached Waqeel Hasan’s house in the morning. At that time, only the children of the family were present. Despite that, the DDA and Delhi Police continued thrashing his door forcefully. It is to note that all officials forcing the children to open the door were male officials. When Waqeel and his wife returned home and clarified to DDA that they have bought the house and have been staying in the house for more than a decade, Delhi Police arrested Waqeel and his wife and kept them at Khajuri Khas police station. In the meantime, bulldozers ravaged Waqeel’s house to the ground.

A team of CPIML-AICCTU-AISA-AILAJ team consisting of Sucheta De (CPIML CC Member), Ramabhilash (CPIML Delhi), Aditya, Vikash (AISA) and Amarjit (AILAJ) visited Khajuri Khas and met Waqeel and his family. We have extended all kinds of support including legal support. Our team got to know that Waqeel was not served any notice before the demolition. DDA and Delhi Police officials acted completely illegally and forcefully bulldozed his house.

The present BJP regime takes pride in its bulldozer governance. We remember how BJP’s MCD Councillors were marking colonies to be bulldozed. We remember Khori Village, Jahangirpuri, Tughlakabad, Gyaspur, Mehrauli, Dhobighat and Priyanka Gandhi Camp and several other areas in Delhi where thousands of people have been made homeless within one day. Their lifelong investment in the form of their houses were destroyed forcefully. The present law in Delhi prohibits any demolition without prior notice. The DDA almost never bothers to give notice before demolition. The government is mandated to provide rehabilitation. In the case of Waqeel Hasan, the entire demolition was a criminal act performed by DDA and Delhi Police.

CPIML condemns the demolition of Waqeel Hasan’s house in strongest possible words. We demand that the officials guilty of demolishing Waqeel Hasan’s house must be punished. Proper compensation that insides the loss due to demolition of house must be ensured by the central government. We urge all sections of the society to unite against the bulldozer governance by the central government.

It is a shame that, be it Dr Kafeel Khan, the women wrestlers or the rescue miners, today’s government targets our nation’s glories.

Ravi Rai,
State Secretary, CPIMl Delhi-NCR