NEW DELHI: Protests broke out in the Mangolpuri area of northwest Delhi on Tuesday as parts of a mosque were demolished due to alleged encroachment.
The demolition, carried out by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), took place amid heavy police deployment.
Early in the morning, the MCD, accompanied by local police and a paramilitary company, arrived at Mangolpuri’s Y block to address the illegal encroachment at the mosque.
The demolition drive began at 6 a.m., prompting locals to gather and protest.
According to an official, there were unconfirmed reports of stone pelting during the drive, although the police denied any such incidents.
Deputy commissioner of police (outer) Jimmy Chiram commented on the situation, saying, “Some people objected to the demolition but the situation was now under control.”
He added that after demolishing a few walls, the drive was temporarily halted because some parts of the encroachment were strong and required heavy machinery.
There has been no immediate response from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi regarding the situation.