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On Thursday, a delegation of Congress officials visited Jahangirpuri, but were barred by police from going to the area where the North MCD had undertaken an anti-encroachment campaign the day before.

Former Union minister Ajay Maken and AICC in-charge of the state unit Shaktisinh Gohil were among the members of the Congress delegation.Following a Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation's (NDMC) demolition drive to clear encroachments was halted.

The push, Mr Maken told reporters, was an attack on the poor and their means of subsistence.

He said the effort was carried out in violation of the guidelines, citing court rulings.

"This demolition is against the law. I was also a minister of urban development, so I understand how laws function. They are unable to do so without prior notice. Leaders of the BJP are deceiving the public "Mr. Maken explained.

Mr Gohil also slammed the BJP, claiming that the anti-encroachment campaign was an attempt to shift attention away from the country's soaring prices.

Anil Kumar, the head of the Delhi Congress, questioned why the chief minister had not paid a visit to the area.

"When section 144 is in effect, how come bulldozers are permitted? There is a one-sided action being taken. They are specifically targeting Muslims. We're here to make sure they're treated fairly "he stated

The delegation included several top members of the Delhi Congress.

Some politicians, including Anil Kumar, staged a dharna at the location, but the police urged them to leave.

During a Hanuman Jayanti procession on Saturday, the neighbourhood saw violent skirmishes between two communities, including stone hurling, burning, and gunfire. A total of eight police officers and a local resident were injured.