Karnataka HC grants State one week to come up with scheme to rehabilitate evicted "illegal immigrant workers"

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BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday granted a week's time to the state government to come up with a scheme to rehabilitate those migrant workers whose homes were razed as part of a demolition drive undertaken last month.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Hemant Chandangoudar asked the the State, also directed the state to expedite the payment of immediate monetary relief to the evicted persons.

Earlier this month, the high court had directed the state government to come up with a comprehensive scheme to rehabilitate migrant workers who were forcefully evicted from their homes in Bangalore earlier this year. The court had also passed an interim stay on the demolition drive purportedly conducted by civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Bengaluru Police.

More than 100 slum dwellers located in the suburb of Bellandur were evicted by the BBMP with the help of police last month, claiming that the settlements belonged to “illegal” Bangladeshi immigrants. However, inquiries revealed that those who were evicted were from the Northeast and Karnataka.

After the shanties in North Bengaluru’s Kariyammana Agrahara were razed, the residents were allegedly asked to vacate the land. Water and electricity supply to the location was cut off three days ago.

In a letter, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) said that the sheds in the locality had been illegally built by Bangladeshi immigrants who then proceeded to convert the area into a slum, which deteriorated conditions in the neighbourhood following which the municipality received several complaints.

Previously, the Bengaluru police had claimed that the shanties housed undocumented Bangladeshi immigrants and had furnished a notice to the owner to clear the encroachments and provide details of the residents (with inputs from Bar and Bench).

 

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