Underneath the rubble

On August 4, 2023, district authorities of Nuh in Haryana demolished 18 shops built on Mohammad Sahud’s ancestral land, which he and his brothers inherited in 1998. Sahud is one of many Nuh residents who, despite holding lawful claims to their properties and establishments, had to bear the brunt of the State’s arbitrary action following the communal violence that erupted on July 31. Terming it as "ethnic cleansing", the Punjab and Haryana High Court halted the drive and observed that “buildings belonging to a particular community were being brought down under the guise of law and order problem”. Sahud’s story brings to spotlight the misuse of power by authorities and its impact on lives of innocent victims.

Read the full story