30 illegally detained in Sion Koliwada
Demolitions continue; Builder/Police refuse to show notice
Mumbai, 19th December 2012, 5:30 pm
This morning at about 11.30 a.m., 25 women and 3 men were detained for protesting forceful construction by builder Sudhakar Shetty’s company Sahana Developers. The builders arrived with over 100 police people, including senior police officers, to put up tin sheets around the Koliwada. 28 residents, including local community leader, Madhuri Shivkar, were put into police vans and taken away to Sion police station where they are currently being held. The police refused to say what charges they are being detained under.
At about 3.00 pm, the builder brought in two bulldozers and began to demolish the Samaj Mandir or the community temple. The police and the builder claimed to have a High Court notice that permits this demolition. However they failed to produce it when the residents asked for it. Police Inspector Morey said the notice is at the police station. The police station said it was with Inspector More. Inspector Morey then said it was with the builder. The builder claimed he didn’t have to show any notice to anybody. In the meantime, two more people were detained and the Samaj Mandir demolished.
Koliwada resident Vasant Patil’s house, for which he had obtained a stay order from the Court, has also been demolished.
Senior police officers present included ACP Roopvate, Senior Inspector Gavit, Inspector Balakrushna Morey, Inspector Vinod Gadankosh, Inspector Vinod Randhive and Inspector Ramesh Sangle.