The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also decided to conduct an on-the-spot inquiry in this regard. NHRC said it had sent the notices after taking suo motu cognisance of media reports regarding the demolition of slum dwellings at two places in the city- Shakurbasti in west Delhi and Belagaon area in old Delhi.
"The contents of the news reports, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of the right to life, right to shelter and right to dignity of the people, including women and children, who have been rendered homeless due to demolition of their slum dwellings", the commission observed.
Media reports said that following the demolition drive carried out by railway authorities in Shakurbasti, nearly 500 people were rendered homeless. Accordingly, NHRC has issued notices to the Delhi Chief Secretary and Chairman of the Railway Board seeking reports on the matter within two weeks.
The demolition of shanties in the Belagaon area was reportedly carried out by Delhi Development Authority. Several affected people are stated to have held out Aadhaar and voter identity cards and other documents about land and land holdings in the Belagaon area.
NHRC has also decided to send a team of its officers to conduct on-the-spot inquiry at the two spots where demolition drives were undertaken and submit reports within one week.


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