taken into preventive custody. These mostly included the leaders in the colony who could have instigated the others. As many as 70 of them were released on Friday after the drive was over.
With the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for next year, it was being speculated that, as has happened in the past, the drive would get stalled. However, the political parties were taken on board. Apart from senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan who protested and was arrested, there were no protests by political parties. While some leaders visited the site, most senior leaders of political parties stayed away.
The roads leading to the colony were sealed banning the entry of any outside vehicles. Staff was also deployed to ensure that there was no one in the hutments while these were being demolished. After realising that the drive was not going to be stalled, people started packing their belongings and shifting out. Around 2,000 policemen were deployed at the spot for maintaining law and order.