Residents of the north-eastern suburb of Mumbra observed a shutdown Friday to protest a Thane Municpal Corporation (TMC) plan to bring down illegal structures.
The bandh called by residents and supported by local units of NCP and Samajwadi Party saw shops downing shutters in solidarity with people living under the threat of being rendered homeless.
Officials took money and allowed these structures to come up. Now that people have bought flats and are staying there for ages they are planning to render them homelsss, Mohammad Irfan,a resident who supported the bandh,said.
Locals also demanded the state government regularise structures in Mumbra.
What is the fault of common people? They bought houses following law,including registration of properties. The government has suddenly woken up and now claims it is illegal, another resident Ehtesham Parvez said.
TMC has sprung to action after 74 lives were lost in the collapse of an illegal building at Shil-Phata. Demolition of 57 dilapidated buildings in Mumbra is under way since Tuesday. In the last few days,Daigar and Mumbra Police have arrested 100 people protesting razing of their homes.
Meanwhile,Mumbra MLA Jitendra Awhad of NCP protested the TMC high-handedness. Awhad,accused of supporting illegal structures and threatening government servants,broke down while addressing a gathering in Mumbra Thursday evening. For the past few days I am being hounded and criticised by my political opponents for no fault of mine. Is speaking for the poor who have stayed at a place for ages and are being displaced a crime? he said.