Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)



NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered eviction of thousands of slum dwellers encroachin­g forest land in Haryana’s Faridabad district holding that on forest land there can’t be any compromise or concession.

The top court gave six weeks to the Municipal Corporatio­n of Faridabad to complete the demolition and directed the secretary, forests department of Haryana government, to file a compliance affidavit before the next date of hearing on July 27.

A bench of justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari directed police protection to the corporatio­n officials visiting the site for demolition.

The slum dwellers of Khori Gaon in Faridabad had approached the Supreme Court for protection after the municipal corporatio­n began to demolish their homes in April. After nearly 300 houses were demolished, the remaining occupants of 10,000 houses approached the top court seeking rehabilita­tion.

The bench termed them “land grabbers” and refused to come to their aid.

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