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Eviction for city development is inhuman, brutal

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I always say: “The invisible and inaudible persons of every city render their services to the city-goers; they are then pursued for leaving the city without the right to live in it, as they designed.”

Those who live on the fringes of our society are being expelled from their homes in an inhuman and brutal manner. The insecurity and fear experienced by the poor in Patna, India, is unimaginable. The officials at the helm of affairs who have the power to make decisions and spoil the lives of these hard-working communities seem not to flinch from conscience after they carry out the eviction. Bulldozing these people’s homes is seen as an achievement – an accomplishment – and making them homeless in the open air.

It seems that this is gradually becoming a norm throughout the country and the world. Development is important, but we must ask ourselves: Who pays for development? Who benefits from the development that takes place?

It seems that those who clean and beautify our city what it is have no right to live in it, simply because they do not have the means to acquire a plot of land and find shelter. As human rights activists, where do we begin? Who is responsible for such cowardly acts?

Let’s take for example the local community of Malaai Pakkdi, a settlement in Kankarbagh, the city of Patna, in the state of Bihar, in India. The Patna metro train is supposed to be built where this community resides about 50 to 60 years ago – when the place was a jungle with wild animals. The older members share their stories of how the wild animals are around. Over the years they filled in and leveled the land, and as families grew, so did the number of huts that housed the community. Most members of society are not educated but have wisdom and pay attention to what is happening around them.

They were aware of the fact that the metro would come and that they would be kicked out. With this information and after checking these facts, we began to appeal to the head of the metro railroad.

A night shelter for the homeless has also been established in the same area. I am a member of the Urban Homeless Shelter Center, designated by the state by the Supreme Court. We visited one night and were told by the community representatives that they should meet the chief secretary who was visiting the shelter. I was with the secretary and put a word to him: he met them and asked if they would move if they were offered a plot of land elsewhere. They answered positively – provided that it is not too far from their place of work.

Then, on May 21, the bulldozer came to demolish the homes of citizens. My team and I rushed to the site and opposed the demolition until such time as the people could be properly rehabilitated. The process has stopped.

I have taken up this matter with the Chief Secretary of Bihar and he reminded the Chief Secretary that it is his moral duty to rehabilitate the people. Just two days later, on May 23, despite all these efforts—and after the adults in the community had gone to work—the bulldozer razed their homes to the ground, ignoring children who bravely wondered, “Why are you demolishing our homes? We’re eating and let’s finish!” But Nothing stopped the officials who were intent on accomplishing their mission.

Since then, on various occasions, we have taken every opportunity to remind him of his promise. but to no avail. We sent a number of letters and letters – the bureaucrat simply failed to honor his word.

A very brutal accident occurred on October 5 in Malaai Pakkdi. Once again, the officials came with bulldozers without warning to attack the homes of the residents who lived across the street and bulldozed them. The people resisted, and the police came in large numbers with electronics Latin (clubs) to attack people.

Rajesh Thakur, a vendor who ran a café on a cart, was transporting his belongings from his nearby hut when he was allegedly beaten during the police indictment. He died later.

Since then, it has been a real nightmare. We have asked his wife to file a complaint and register the first information report, but the police will not accept this because she has gone to her village to perform the usual rituals when someone dies.

It is very clear to me that the man died of his injury lathe Charged by the police. Bureaucrats and the police spread a story about the occurrence of violence, and in the course of the attack he was wounded and died.

The wife has given us her consent to fight this cause of injustice, but we have a long journey to make as we have taken upon ourselves to manage. We will stand by Slekhadevi, the widow, who is only 35 years old, she has five children – the eldest is only 15 years old.

Meanwhile, neither the bureaucrats nor the elected representatives of the people visited the site. The children are hungry, as the bucket has crushed their cooking utensils; They only have the clothes they wear. Our team immediately responded to their hunger, and started cooking and serving them hot food for four days.

Generous financial support from our county team has enabled us to reach out to the community. We asked for clothes and were able to find some of the victims.

The October 5-12 trip was very challenging. I could not sleep, hear voices echoing; Seeing scenes of people sleeping under the open sky, the girls and women are in a very vulnerable state – and yet no one is to blame. Sometimes it is very difficult to understand who is planning a city; who implements the plans; Who pays for these projects?

The lyrics of Bob Dylan’s song still ring in my ears:

How many roads should a man walk

Before you call him a man? …

Yes, how often should cannonballs fly? …

The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind…

Yes n’ how many years can some people live

before letting them go free?

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