The civic authorities demolished a portion of the Syro-Malabar Church in Chattarpur in the national capital. The authorities said that the structure was built on "encroached Gram Sabha land."
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In an official statement, the South Delhi District Magistrate Ankita Chakravarti said the demolition drive at the land on which the church stood was taken up in pursuance of the Delhi High Court order of 2015.
"A demolition drive was conducted today (July 12) on pillar number 36 and 120 of Chattarpur. The land is an original gram sabha land for which the boundary work was done by Irrigation and Flood Control Department (I&FC). However, it was encroached by some people by instalment of religious structures. Over time the encroached area started increasing in the garb of the expansion of the religious structure. Therefore, the Block Development Office tried to undertake the demolition of the unauthorized structures," the statement said.