While the Andolan was going on, all the things were moving on the right path. However, within a few days of withdrawal of the agitation and announcement of inquiry in the 6 SRA projects having approval on fraudulency and involving irregularities and illegalities, the harassment of the people have been started by the henchmen of developers under the tight police protection. Few examples of this harassment are cutting of public water supply and locking the doors of fencing compound just to block the way of local residents of Sion Koliwada. No cognizance was taken by Police and MCGM authorities.
In Golibar, Ambewadi, on 18 Jan, 2013, a developer with help of his 70-80 henchmen entered to fence the demolished area where the henchmen started assaulting the women with stones and bamboos to vacate the place. These women were badly assaulted and were admitted to hospital as they were severely injured. Nirmal Nagar Police Station has not taken any cognizance of the matter and was playing pro-builder role. On contrary, FIR has been registered in favour of the developer’s henchmen and against the people who have raised their voice against the injustice. Demolition ride is still going on in different parts of slums.
Even though the apex authorities are issuing the orders of certain investigations but the sub-ordinates are least bothered to implement and follow the directions given by their senior authorities.
The struggle of Mumbai’s slum dwellers and those affected by corruption in Slum Rehabilitation and Re-development, continues at Ambewadi Golibar, Mumbai. They are also expressing solidarity with the slum dwellers of Bangalore who are facing evictions and police repression at EWS quarters at Ejipura by BBMP. They demanded that illegal demolitions by the state will be resisted at all costs and we will stand in solidarity wherever homes will be demolished across the country.
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