Not just one but two union territories in India are facing troubles. While you can easily figure out the first one, it might be a tough task to guess about the second union territory we are talking about.
Situated on India’s west coast, it’s Daman city that is witnessing protests from the residents for the past few days.
The situation has now reached a stage where the government has imposed Section 144 of CrPC. Not many media channels have covered the incident so far but one can find people tweeting about the whole incident on social media.
What’s the Case?
According to The Times of India, people are on protest against the demolition of around 120 illegal structures and houses by the authorities. Around 70 people were also detained by the police who were later allowed to go. To control the protests, the police also used water cannon and lathis.
As per the reports, the houses were built on 700-metre stretch from Mato Daman Lighthouse to Jampore beach and were razed after the instructions of district collector Dr Rakesh Minhas.
Now, section 144 has been imposed in the area to avoid further protests.
The Voices on Twitter
Though the news hasn’t been covered by major media houses, it did try to raise its voice on Twitter. Kannan Gopinathan, the IAS officer who resigned over Kashmir issues, took to Twitter and posted a series of pictures and tweets regarding Daman protests.
He also shared pictures of an order from the district magistrate declaring that the Government High School of Bhimpore, Nani Daman and the Government High School, Moti Daman would be converted into jails with immediate effect.
As per the order, holding public meeting, dharana or any use of loudspeakers will lead to criminal procedure under Section 144. The order will be imposed for seven days starting from 3rd November till 9th Novemver.
Some other people also tweeted about Daman issue:
A source in Daman collectorate said, “We trying to identify the real miscreants. We will take actions against them once they are identified. The situation is under control.”
Till now, no updates have been reported. Illegal encroachments have been an issue in Daman for a long time; it’s time to see how the government will cope with it.