The British Prime Minister’s visit came a day after bulldozers demolished several structures near a mosque in Jahangirpuri as part of a fight against encroachment following communal violence in the area.
Slamming British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for inaugurating a JCB factory in Gujarat a day after Delhi Municipality bulldozed homes in Jahangirpuri, Amnesty India called the move “ignorant”, while saying his “silence” over the incident was deafening. Earlier in the day, Johnson, who is on a two-day visit to India, inaugurated a factory of UK-based heavy equipment maker JCB at Halol in Gujarat’s Panchmahal district.
It comes a day after bulldozers demolished several concrete and temporary structures near a mosque in Jahangirpuri as part of an anti-encroachment campaign by the BJP-run North Delhi Municipal Corporation, days after Delhi’s northwest neighborhood has been rocked by communal violence. The Supreme Court had to intervene twice to stop the conduct after hearing a petition filed by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind against the demolition.
Reacting sharply, Amnesty India tweeted: “Against the backdrop of Delhi Municipality using JCB bulldozers to raze Muslim shops in northwest Jahangirpuri yesterday, the UK Prime Minister’s inauguration of a JCB factory in Gujarat is not just ignorant, but his silence on the incident is deafening.”
He further said that the UK government should not remain a silent spectator. “He must bring human rights to the table. India cannot wait another day for justice to be served.
The demolition continued despite and in defiance of an order from the Supreme Court of India asking the authorities to suspend the demolition operation. Jahangirpuri residents were not even given the opportunity to recover their property,” Amnesty India said in another tweet.
The rights group also called these “brazen attacks” on the right to livelihood and adequate housing for religious minorities in India a blow to their hopes for a secure future.
Boris Johnson rode a bulldozer and waved to the media after opening a new factory for UK-based heavy equipment manufacturer JCB at Halol in Gujarat’s Panchmahals district. Johnson was accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on his visit to the bulldozer maker’s factory.
Later, during a site inspection, Johnson suddenly got on a bulldozer kept at the factory. He sat inside the bulldozer for a few moments, then stood up on the heavy machine and waved to reporters covering his tour of the facility.
The act of the visiting dignitary drew a lot of attention and became a talking point on social media platforms as it came against the backdrop of the use of bulldozers to demolish homes and shops in parts of the country. country in recent days following communal riots. , the latest being in the Jahangirpuri area of Delhi, which saw violence during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations.