By Aleem Shaikh
MLA Ashish Shelar targeting a section of his constituency
Activist Aftab Siddiqui has also uncovered that in the last 15 months more than 4000 cases have been filed by BMC against H (W) ward! Clearly the BMC seems to be misusing its police protection to threaten and intimidate citizens. It has been alleged that the sitting MLA Ashish Shelar has warned the largely minority population of this Ward that he will teach them a lesson and this harassment by BMC and police is happening under his supervision.
The BMC has a 100 crore beautification plan for Linking Road which has no approvals or sanctions, and it appears that Ward Officer Sharad Ughade and MLA Ashish Shelar are pushing this un-approved plan due to some vested interest, at the cost of citizens’ livelihoods and lives.
Is Mumbai Police a law enforcer of law breaker?
The Mumbai Police has informed Activist Aftab Siddiqui who is leading the protest against BMC high-handedness that there are committed to providing 230 police personnel to the BMC for any demolition. AAP demands to know it the Mumbai Police a law enforcement agency or a law – breaker? When there is a High Court stay on demolition how can Mumbai Police provide the muscle to the whims of any random BMC officer when he decides to break the law??? Is the police meant to protect citizens or it meant to protect the illegal acts of government officers?
The stall owners have been on strike since the demolition and are since sitting outside Khar Police station to file an FIR against the BMC staff who misused their position and broke the law but Joint Commissioner Law and Order is refusing to file the FIR and is protecting officers who broke the law.