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Collector requested to Back Off, Defiant Satyagrahis Rejected
Relay Fast Carried forward by 11 Satyagrahis
Mumbai | 4th June 2015: The Collector Mr. Shekahr Channe requested, in one and half hour dialogue with the delegation of 8 Satyagrahis, to take back the ongoing Awas Haq Satyagrah. ACP, Senior Police Inspector-Mankhurd, Deputy Collector, Eastern Suburb, Additional Collector, Eastern Suburb, Tehsildar, Nayab Tehsildar, BMC and Mumbai Mahanagar Palika Officias also joined the meeting. While at the Awas Haq Satyagrah site the relay fast carried forward by 11 Satyagrahis.
Collector made the mockery of the Satyagrahis by saying that the evictees should continue staying wherever they have been living so far. This statement stand as a testimony of his ignorance about the burden of rent a poor slum dweller has to go through. He expressed his inability to further discuss on the issue and advised to take the issue to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Shriram of Ghar Bachao Banao Andolan clearly stated that they were not going to leave the land and would continue their struggle from Mandala only.
While at the Satyagrah , today 11 of evicted carried for the relay fast. Mumbai based activist, Feroz Mithiborwala came and offered his support to the Satyagrah. .
It had become extremely difficult for the Mandala evictees to continue only on the basis of hollow assurances by the previous government. The burden of the rent becoming even heavier, so, the Mandala evictees have resolute to continue and intensify their struggle for their housing right.
Namrata Jadhav Mukesh Jaiswal Anwari Umar Sheikh Sushila