It began with a massive demolition drive to rid Bengaluru of illegal encroachment. Houses were razed down even as citizens protested the loss of their homes. Even the family of a martyred officer, Lt Col Niranjan was not spared. The BBMP claimed that the demolition was indiscriminate and no illegal buildings would be spared, but the truth of the demolition drive may be something else. Sources within the civic body have claimed that over a thousand plots encroached upon by big builders and influential persons have not even been marked for demolition.
This development seems more shocking in the light of 2 reports, submitted in 2007 and 2016, highlighting the illegal occupation of thousands of acres of land especially by big builders.