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11 called for resisting demolition, residents write to top cop

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published on:June 19, 2014 1:10 am

The Campa Cola Residents’ Association on Wednesday wrote a letter to Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, alleging that police officials visited the compound at odd hours and enquired about the residents earlier this week.

“We are unarmed, middle-class, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens who are trying to save our homes, have no previous police records and believe we are being unfairly targeted by the police for no reason. We would like to know why this is happening with us,” said the letter written by the residents.

The residents, who had sought an appointment with the city police chief through the letter, also met Maria on Tuesday in connection to the same issue.

“Around two-three residents met the Commissioner. He has assured us that we will not be subjected to enquiries again. The police visit caused a fear among the residents, and we thought some of the core committee members were being targeted for no reason,” said Karan Sethia, resident and member of the Campa Cola core committee.

On Monday, the Mumbai Police had summoned 11 residents of Campa Cola compound in connection with the case registered in November 2013 against some residents who had resisted the BMC’s demolition attempt.

Earlier this week, the BMC had also deferred the demolition of the 96 illegal flats in Worli’s Campa Cola compound till Friday following the death of a resident.

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