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Haldwani case: Supreme Court stays Uttarakhand High Court’s order to remove encroachments

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Haldwani case:The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the Uttarakhand High Court's decision to remove thousands of houses and encroachments built illegally on railway land in Haldwani in Nainital district.

The court said that due to the situation of people becoming homeless, it is necessary to look at the human aspect of the matter.

According to news agency ANI, the Supreme Court has also issued notices to the Uttarakhand government and the Indian Railways in the matter.
What is the whole matter?
Following the Uttarakhand High Court's order, eviction notices were served to residents of over 4,000 houses built on railway land in Haldwani's Banbhulpura and Gafoor Basti. Due to this, the danger of becoming homeless was hovering over these families.
As per reports, more than 50,000 people (mostly Muslims) are settled on railway land in this area and some families have been living here for several decades.
What was the order given by the High Court?
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On December 20, the Uttarakhand High Court had ordered the removal of this encroachment on about 29 acres of railway land in Haldwani.

The High Court had said that one week's notice should be given to the occupants of railway land to vacate the land.

The High Court had also directed to forcefully remove those who did not vacate the land despite notices with the help of police and paramilitary forces.

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