Shiv Sena corporators have demanded strong disciplinary action against Congress corporator Sheetal Mhatre who allegedly slapped a civic engineer for demolishing a public toilet at Dahisar on Tuesday.
A two-day notice was given prior to the demolition as the construction was illegal. The corporator has been involved in illegal construction and such a gross misconduct on the part of the corporator is highly unacceptable, former mayor and Sena corporator Subha Raul told the standing committee meeting on Wednesday.
Kishori Pednekar,another Sena corporator,said,Such an inappropriate gesture could become a regular trend if it goes unpunished. A strong action is essential to discourage such actions.
The Congress and its allies on Wednesday defended Mhatre and blamed the civic administration for allowing unauthorised constructions.
Congress corporator Pravin Chedda said,Why is it that no action was taken by the body when the toilet was constructed?
Samajwadi Partys Raees Shaikh said, What were the officials from the building and factories doing when the responsibility of demolition rests with the maintenance department?… It is important to know Sheetals point of view and what prompted her to take such a drastic step.
Standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale urged corporators not to take law into their own hands and respect every individual. A code of conduct needs to be followed, he said.
Mhatre,who allegedly slapped Nerulkar over the demolition of a public toilet built using her funds and subsequently booked under Section 353 of the IPC for assaulting a public servant,did not attend the standing committee meeting on Wednesday. She is absonding,according to Dahisar police.
Mhatre said,Forget about hitting him,I did not even touch him. In fact,he had spoken to me in an offensive manner. He pushed me when I asked him to show me the file on approval for demolition. The CCTV footage will prove it.
Meanwhile,officials of R-North ward where the junior engineer,Anand Nerulkar,works went on a strike in protest against Mhatres conduct.
Till late afternoon,employees of R-North were on a strike. They started working only after 3 pm. We are waiting for the police to complete their investigation, additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said.