Turkman Gate Demolition
An infamous case of political oppression and police brutality, the Turkman Gate demolition was a part of Indira Gandhis 21 month Emergency period from 1975 to 1977. The demolition of the Turkman Gate, which followed in riots, was done in 1976.
Part of the Emergency programme was the demolition drive to cleanse Delhi of slums and force the poor residents to leave the city and move to distant settlements. This action was prompted by Sanjay Gandhi, the son of Indira Gandhi. The residents of Turkman Gate resisted and refused to move as they would have to commute every day paying heavy bus fares to reach the city to earn their living. Hence, on 18th April, 1976, the police opened fire on protesters killing several of them. Due to the government imposed censorship on media and newspapers, there were no reports on the massacre. Foreign media outlets had reported that protesting people were ran over by bulldozers.
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