Section 144 imposed in Aarey after protests over tree cutting

first_imgWatch | Aarey Colony protests cutting of trees Aarey Colony protestsVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0000:5900:59   The arrested protestors will be produced in the Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in Borivali on Saturday afternoon.  Meanwhile, the police have forbidden unlawful assembly at and around Aarey under provisions of the section 144 of the Indian Penal Code. Bombay HC refuses stay on cutting of trees in Aarey Colony center_img The Aarey Police on October 5 arrested 29 members of the mob that gathered at the Aarey Colony to protest against cutting of trees in light of the Bombay High Court’s verdict over the issue. Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Pranaya Ashok confirmed that 23 men and six women were placed under arrest in the early hours of Saturday morning and charged with unlawful assembly and assault to deter a public servant from discharging their duty. “The accused were arrested as they held a protest without prior permission and assaulted two constables, including a female constable, who were trying to disperse them,” Mr Ashok said. Also Read The entire Aarey Colony was cordoned off by Mumbai police on Saturday morning after hundreds of green activists tried to stop the felling of trees in the area.The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd started hacking trees late on Friday night to make way for a car shed, hours after the Bombay High Court dismissed four petitions filed by NGOs and activists challenging the decision to allow felling of trees in the prime green lung of the city.“There is a heavy police deployment in the area. No one is allowed to enter Aarey Colony. Even tourists are being stopped,” an activist said.Environment activists criticised the authorities, claiming that almost 200 trees have been cut so far. They alleged the metro corporation wants to finish the job before October 10, when the matter comes before the National Green Tribunal.“This matter is going to be heard by the NGT on October 10, and we hope to get some respite from there. But it seems like the authorities want to eliminate the entire green patch before the hearing,” Stalin D, one of the activists, said.Meanwhile, Shiva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, who is contesting the October 21 assembly election from Worli, extended his support to the protesters.“A project that should be executed with pride, the Metro 3, @MumbaiMetro3 has to do it in the cover of the night, with shame, slyness and heavy cop cover. The project supposed to get Mumbai clean air, is hacking down a forest with a leopard, rusty spotted cat and more,” he tweeted.Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon said cutting the trees was “a violation of the model code of conduct”.“The order was uploaded by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation only today, so it is deemed as an order today. They can’t issue such orders when the code of conduct is in place,” she told PTI.Police impose Section 144Police imposed section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in Aarey Colony and surrounding areas, banning unlawful assembly, following strong protests by activists against the felling of trees in the green zone for a Metro car shed, an official said.Police have booked 38 protesters under various sections of the IPC since late Friday night, the official said. Another official said over 60 people protesting against the felling of trees have been detained.The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) started hacking trees late Friday night to make way for the car shed, hours after the Bombay High Court dismissed four pleas filed by NGOs and activists challenging the decision to allow felling of trees in the prime green lung of the city.As the MMRCL started cutting trees, hundreds of green activists held protests and tried to stop the action.“We have imposed section 144 of the CrPC in Aarey Colony, Goregaon check post and surrounding areas,” the Mumbai police spokesperson said.As of now, at least 38 protesters have been booked under section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 143 (unlawful assembly) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), he said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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