Updated February 29th, 2024 at 01:07 IST

House of Rat-Hole Miner Deployed in Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Razed During DDA Demolition Drive

House of rat-hole miner Wakeel Hassan feted for saving the 41 workers trapped in Uttarkashi’s tunnel last year was razed during DDA demolition drive in Delhi.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Demolition drive in Delhi | Image:PTI/ Representational
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New Delhi: Rat-hole miner Wakeel Hassan feted with his team for saving the 41 workers trapped in Uttarkashi’s Silkyara tunnel in November 2023, is now homeless, as the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) razed his house along with others in Khajuri Khas area on Wednesday during a demolition drive.

The DDA said that the demolition drive was carried out on land that was part of planned development land. It was also said that the structures built illegally were demolished during the drive.

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Demolition drive was carried out by the authority against illegally built structures

Meanwhile, after the house was razed, Wakeel Hassan said, "We rescued 41 people in the Silkyara tunnel and in return we got this. Earlier, I had requested the authorities and the government to give this house to us but to no avail. Today, without any information, DDA came and demolished it."

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"On February 28, a demolition drive was conducted by the DDA to remove encroachment from its acquired land in village Khajoori Khas. The land was part of planned development land," the DDA said in a statement, in response to a query about the drive.

Earlier in the day, Hassan shared a video of the area, claiming the building he and his family was residing in was "razed in the drive".

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In the video clip, Hassan also claimed that he had to go to a police station in connection with this incident.

In the video clip, he was accompanied by Munna Qureshi, another member of his team that rescued the trapped workers, who also said they were beaten up by the police.

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When contacted, a Delhi Police officer said several other structures that were built illegally were demolished by the authorities. "We gave them the assistance in controlling law and order during the drive," he said.

Hassan and five other members of the rat-hole mining team live in north-east Delhi's Khajoori Khas, while the rest are from Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr.

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Their special mining techniques were crucial in removing the rubble inside the under-construction Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand. Forty-one workers got trapped when a part of the tunnel collapsed on November 12 and remained trapped for around 17 days before being rescued.
 

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published February 29th, 2024 at 01:07 IST