15 de­tained for protest­ing against tree felling in Aarey

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Aarey Po­lice on Satur­day de­tained 15 peo­ple, in­clud­ing six women for al­legedly protest­ing against the ax­ing of over 2,700 trees by Mum­bai Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (MMRC) of­fi­cials at Aarey Colony in Gore­gaon (E).

“Per­mis­sion to cut the trees to clear the way for the Metro-3 car shed is yet to be granted. As per the pro­posal, the cor­po­ra­tion will chop 2700 trees in­side Aarey for the project. The en­trance to the shed has about 400 trees. The MMRCL has per­mis­sion from the gov­ern­ment to axe these 400 trees. The mat­ter is not clear and the pro­posal of chop­ping 2700 trees might get re­fused if the de­ci­sion comes against the MMRCL. Then why to chop these 400 trees need­lessly,” asks Stalin D from NGO Van­shakti.

Ac­cord­ing to Stalin, on Satur­day MMRCL of­fi­cials came to Aarey Unit 19 area and be­gan chop­ping off trees. Af­ter the lo­cals ob­jected, the of­fi­cials in­formed the po­lice. The po­lice then came to the spot and took the pro­test­ers with them.

“Though we de­tained nine men and six women, we had let them off with a warn­ing. The cit­i­zens were not aware of the court or­ders. They were un­der the im­pres­sion that the stay order has been given on cut­ting of trees, which was not true,” said se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor Vi­jay­laxmi Hire­math from Aarey Po­lice Sta­tion.

Tree felling in Aarey Colony

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