The demands of the affected residents are supported by some opposition parties, as politicians from the opposition Congress party took part in their protest. Also the Muslim Indians Council of America considered the court’s decision a flagrant violation of human rights under the authority of the ruling Indian People’s Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Indian American Muslim Council said the ruling threatens 4,365 homes, inhabited by about 4,500 families, mostly Muslims, and explained that bulldozers and heavy equipment will remove the homes, guarded by about 7,000 policemen and 15 popular groups.
The council rejected the court’s claim that thousands of families had been illegally occupied and that the land belonged to the railway authorities. He said this was a “false claim”, noting that thousands of families in the region pay their electricity bills, various utilities, taxes and other documents and credits that legalize their housing.
The state Supreme Court handed down the ruling, asking the concerned authorities to implement it, targeting old neighborhoods located near the Haldwani railway station, in the Muslim majority suburb of Ghafoor Basti. The decision was condemned by many popular forces, such as the Association of Scholars of India, opposition figures from the opposition Congress party, as well as Nayar Kazemi, an official of the All India Muslim Union Council party.