In Haldwani, Uttarakhand, the struggle of the people of Banbhulpura against the bulldozer rule heroically simmers at full pitch. On the evening of Thursday, 29 December, a huge candle march was taken out in Banbhulpura area to protect settlements. The people of Banbhulpura flung on the streets to protest against the action of bulldozers demolishing thousands of houses built on the famous railway land of Banbhulpura area. This symbolised the wrath of people against the motives and strategy of the neo-fascist BJP govt. Who patronise the mighty or powerful. Bulldozer raj is manifestation of the neo-fascist pro corporate policies f the ruling party.
The entire area was swarmed echoing loud slogans raised in the candle march., displaying relentless spirit to overcome the adversity. A large number of women-children, youth and elders also participated with aspirations of rescuing their homes in the bitter cold. The candle march was peaceful.
Social organizations and political parties also participated in the march along with the common people of Banbhulpura. Various social organizations stood firmly by the side of working people of the region.
Various mass organizations joined the people’s struggle in accordance with the decision taken in the emergency meeting of various social organizations of Uttarakhand on 27th December.
Starting from Mujahid Chowk in Haldwani, thousands of people launched an intense and lively procession in Banbhulpura, Line No. 17, Chorgaliya Road, Line No. 1, Banbhulpura.
It is well known that recently the High Court had issued an order proclaiming demolishing the houses built on 29 acres of railway land in Vanbhulpura Gafoor Basti.
There are about 4365 houses constructed in this place. A team will investigate the old pillars where red marks will be instated with paint where the pillars have been removed. This will give clear picture of how many areas will be broken by encroachment.
On Wednesday, December 26, the railway and administration team had to segregate the railway land. As soon as people heard about this, they started preparing for the protest.
The people of Banbhulpura started reaching Banbhulpura Chowki from eight o’clock in the morning. Before you could say Jack Robinson about 25 thousand people stormed the streets, including women and school children.
Shaken by the protest, the administration decided that the encroachment would be broken on January 10. The protesters handed over the memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister to the ADM at around 3:35 pm. Respecting the decision, people disembarked from the streets at 6 pm and returned to their homes.
The Uttarakhand government should adopt a position as per the affidavit of 2016 and file a review petition in the High Court on the anti-people decision taken on January 20.
Apart from this, five slums of Banbhulpura area fall in the slum category; Dholak Basti/Gafoor Basti, Chirag Ali Shah, Indira Nagar East, Indira Nagar West “A”, Indira Nagar West “B”; should be re-included in the category of slums..
Dozens of workers including Rajendra Singh, Saraswati Joshi, Kaushalya Chuniyal, Kishan Sharma, Madan Singh, Lalit Upreti Lalita Rawat were present in the meeting held on Wednesday.
Most heartening to witness such resilience in self-defence by the people, fighting to the last straw. Important that the working class is integrated into this agitation and able to link their common interest with it and issue is related with the struggle against Hindutva communal fascism.
Harsh Thakor is a freelance journalist who has covered mass movements around India