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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fwd: [initiative-india] [pmarc] RELAY FAST CONTINUES AT AMBEWADI GOLIBAR in Mumbai


Mumbai, 21 Jan, 2013: Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan withdrew its 10 days long agitation, after having received certain concrete promises and directions for investigations in the issues related to of corruption in respect of housing rights and land scams throughout Mumbai. The State Government has agreed to conduct an enquiry through the Principal Secretary, Housing into SRA projects in 6 localities - Golibar, Ambedkar Nagar - Mulund, Ramnagar - Ghatkopar, Chandivali, Sion-koliwada and Indira nagar - Jogeshwari, defining the modus operandis involving all stakeholders and holding public hearings. The State has also taken and conveyed a firm decision to take RAY ahead and Mandala RAY project proposal to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.

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 on 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 for this. In Golibar, Ambewadi, on 18 Jan, 2013, developer with help of his 70-80 henchmen entered to fence the demolished area where the henchmen started assaulting the women with stone and bamboos to vacate the place. These women were badly assaulted and were admitted in 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 the favour of the developer's henchmen and against the people who have raised their voice against the injustice.

Nirmal nagar Police station has set up a trap for the people who are raising their voice against the injustice and are fighting for their rights by registering false cases i.e. C.R. No.17/13 u/s. 143,323,324,342,354,427,447,504,506 IPC wherein they have prepared FIR against the whistle blowers and the ones who are playing leading roles in taking out fraud of the developer. In this case they have mentioned that there are 30-40 other males and females which mean that the ones who will initiate protest against the illegalities will be taken into the case. The most important question for Police Administration & Authorities is that on what basis SRP and police protection are provided here to the private person/body.

Demolition ride is still going on in different parts of slums and localities. Today demolition and eviction was carried out at M.H.B Colony, Opp. Balvikas school, Sarvoday nagar, Jogeshwari(E), wherein MHADA officials came for eviction and demolition without any orders and denied to show the same. Same was the case with the Police Authority, when the questions were asked regarding if any, letter received by them from MHADA for providing police protection to carry out the eviction and demolition activity. One of the official replied that they are going to send the letter to post and they are yet to receive the same. Then the question arises that how, before receiving the letter for providing the police protection from the concerned authority, protection was provided by Police Authority for eviction process. In this process literally, the policemen had manhandled and pulled the residents out of their houses in which they had not even bothered about the senior-old aged people. One old lady had got injured in this eviction process which was without any intimation and notice.

We all at Ambewadi Golibar, are declaring our "strong protest" against such an act. Protesting against all the above mentioned injustice and harassment, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan with various slums as well as middle class localities across Mumbai has decided to continue and even intensify the struggle at Ambewadi Golibar, Mumbai, to reach out on the deaf ears of Government Authorities for our rights and justice.

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. We also stand in solidarity with the slumdwellers of Bangalore who are facing evictions and police repression at EWS quarters at Ejipura by BBMP. We demand that illegal demolitions by state will be resisted at all costs and we will stand in solidarity wherever homes will be demolished across the country.

Andolan demands that Maharashtra Government takes firm and concrete decisions, investigates into corruption and irregularities as well as Government should also carry out inquiry on Police Administration & Authorities for providing police protection to private bodies and for not even taking cognizance of the effected people and until then, people are determined to continue.

Sumit Wajale, Sandeep Yeole, Ajit bhau, Dattaram Tandel, Sushant Gumre, Madhuri Shivkar


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