BJP work­ers throw ink at Cidco of­fi­cial over wa­ter woes, 2 held

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

KAMOTHE: Dis­tressed by the short­age of wa­ter in the node, res­i­dents, led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) work­ers, took a mor­cha to City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion (Cidco) of­fice on Wed­nes­day. In the rally, some party work­ers al­legedly threw ink at Cidco ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer (wa­ter sup­ply) Dilip Bokade.

The in­ci­dent led to tension in the area and the po­lice reg­is­tered cases against six peo­ple, two of whom were ar­rested.

Res­i­dents have said the in­ci­dent was a sign of des­per­a­tion. The pop­u­la­tion in Kamothe is in­creas­ing and there is a de­mand for 42 mil­lion litres a day ( mld) of wa­ter. How­ever, only 24 mld of wa­ter is sup­plied to the node cur­rently. The prob­lem is es­ca­lated by wa­ter cuts.

Res­i­dents have held sev­eral meet­ings with Cidco on the is­sue. Mor­cha and ag­i­ta­tions too have been or­gan­ised. How­ever, the wa­ter sup­ply sit­u­a­tion has only wors­ened.

On Wed­nes­day, a mor­cha, led by Repub­li­can Party of In­dia (RPI), reached the Cidco of­fice first. A dele gation of RPI, in­clud­ing leader Mangesh Dhivar, held a meet­ing with of­fi­cials at the Cidco of­fice in Sec­tor 6.

Mean­while, the BJP mor­cha ar­rived but was stopped by the po­lice out­side the of­fice premises.

BJP work­ers, how­ever, en­tered the of­fice to sub­mit their mem­o­ran­dum af­ter seek­ing per­mis­sion from the po­lice.

While speak­ing to the of­fi­cials, BJP work­ers Ma­hen­dra Bhopi and Happy Singh al­legedly threw ink on Bokade.

Se­nior in­spec­tor Sri­ram Mullemwar, who was present at the spot, de­tained the duo and ar­rested them later. When the sit­u­a­tion wors­ened, for­mer MP Ram­seth Thakur rushed to the spot.

“If wa­ter sup­ply is not re­stored to the re­quired lev­els, we will lock the Cidco of­fice here,” said Thakur.

While Bokade ap­pealed to Thakur to dis­cuss the is­sue, Thakur de­manded that ar­rested BJP work­ers be re­leased first.

He threat­ened to in­ten­sify the ag­i­ta­tion oth­er­wise.

Thakur also de­manded the charges against the ar­rested party work­ers be dropped.

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