"We are shocked by the demolition drive carried out by the Railways, without providing any rehabilitation to the affected people, which is against the norms prescribed by the Supreme Court and it is inhuman to leave people out in this weather when the mercury has suddenly dipped", senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas told reporters.

Railways conducted a demolition at Shakur Basti in west Delhi in which 1,200 slum units were removed, with the public transporter insisting that the action was necessary to clear the 'encroachments' for expanding the infrastructure.
Flanked by party MLAs Amanatullah Khan (Okhla) and Saurabh Bhardwaj (Greater Kailash), Vishwas accused the Centre of going soft on rich people in areas like Sainik Farms and show no mercy when it comes to poor people living in shanties.
"The Centre on one hand brags about its 'smart city' initiative and on the other hand needy people are rendered homeless. This is not smart city", he said, alleging "even AAP is being targeted by them (Centre) because we stand for the 'aam aadmi'".
According to Bhardwaj, about 2,000 people have been affected by the 'anti-encroachment drive', a fresh flashpoint between the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP dispensation and the Centre.
A six-month-old baby died in one of the slum units, which the railways insisted occurred two hours before the demolition started at 12 pm.

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