Slum-dwellers accuse BJP to use discriminatory action against them.

Published on January 28, 2020 by

People of Kariyammana, Agrahara accuses the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government to use
discriminatory action against them. Recently BBMP had demolished nearly houses in the area called
them Bangladesh.

The evacuated labors near Belandur lake lost their houses, asset, and other important documents when
the BBMP officers evicted all of them from the area. The BBMP official refused to check their
documents and allegedly called them Bangladeshi.

Kariyammana, Agrahara is a Muslim majority slum where people of various states including West
Bengal, Assam Bihar, etc live together. These people to small jobs like house cleaning, rag picking,
etc. The people alleged BBMP that they demolished the houses without giving any prior notice.
Shamsul Haq, a 60 years old shopkeeper who is living in Agrahara slums for the last 4 years. He says
that BBMP official broke their houses even after they were ready to show their documents.
“I am from Assam. I am leaving here for the last 6 years. My children work as housekeepers. They
came with JCB and demolished everything. They didn’t give any notice. They broke all the shops and
ruined everything. I have lost items worth 60 thousand. Currently, I am staying in friends' place on
the other side of the slum.” He added.

Last week authorities cut the water supply of the area. People purchase private water tankers and pay
100 rupees each day which is huge money for them.
Lokman Haqim, a resident said, “I earn only 11000 thousand so we can’t afford to rent a flat. Hence
we pay 3000 thousand and live in this slum. Now the government is breaking this slum. So where we
would go with all these items if the government will break this slum.”
Ramesh, a leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI) says that BJP is discriminating with Indian
citizens on the basis of their religion. CPI stands with these poor people and condemns the action of
BBMP, he added.

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