Duties and functions

Delhi police file FIR against Amanatullah Khan for obstructing demolition campaign in Shaheen Bagh

Delhi Police on Monday filed a first information report against Aam Aadmi Party MP Amanatullah Khan and his supporters for allegedly obstructing the demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh, PTI reported.

The FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Notably, the civic body’s complaint came hours after the head of the BJP unit in Delhi, Adesh Gupta, wrote a letter to the mayor of South Delhi asking him to do so.

“Amanatullah Khan MP [Okhla] as well as his supporters present did not allow SDMC area field staff to remove the encroachment,” the complaint stated, according to PTI. “In view of the above, you are requested to take appropriate legal action against Amanatullah Khan and his supporters for interference in the performance of their official duties by a public official.”

Deputy Police Commissioner Esha Pandey said the FIR was registered against Khan and his followers under Sections 186 (obstruction of an official in the performance of public duties), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter an official to discharge his duties) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

A massive protest erupted in the Shaheen Bagh district of the nation’s capital on Monday ahead of a demolition campaign planned by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

The Muslim-majority neighborhood was among sites in Delhi where protests against the Citizenship Act took place in 2019 and 2020.

The demonstrators shouted slogans against the civic body and the central government, demanding an end to the demolition campaign. Many of them sat down on the roads to stop the bulldozers. The exercise was quickly halted amid the protest.

Khan, who was also part of the protest, said there were no illegal structures in the area. “These are all legal stores,” he told reporters. “Whatever small structures or kiosks that existed in the market, they have already been removed. The MCD is only trying to show their strength with this…”

The demolition campaign is part of a month-long drill announced by South Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Mukesh Suryan on April 25. The mayor, however, does not have the power to order such action. A similar exercise was conducted in the Tughlakabad area on May 4.