State tells police chief to take suitable steps

The state government on Thursday informed the Bombay High Court that it has directed the Mumbai Police Commissioner to take suitable steps to ensure there is no repeat of the Indu Mill incident.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: January 6, 2012 12:06 am

The state government on Thursday informed the Bombay High Court that it has directed the Mumbai Police Commissioner to take suitable steps to ensure there is no repeat of the Indu Mill incident.

The case was adjourned on Wednesday after government pleader G W Mattos sought time to take written instruction from the Police Commissioner on the issue. The court disposed of the case after accepting the state government’s statement.

A petition had been filed by the National Textile Corporation last month after activists of the Republican Party of India (RPI) took forcible possession of the mill premises demanding an Ambedkar memorial. The NTC demanded that the police should take action to evict the protesters from the site and to prevent such incidents in future.

The activists subsequently vacated the mill premises on December 30.

In successive hearings of the case,the Bench of Justice D K Deshmukh and Justice Anoop Mohta had criticised the state police for its inaction on the issue. The judges had also asked the RPI how it could resort to unconstitutional means to agitate in the name of the architect of the Constitution.

The court had compared the forcible occupation to the 1993 demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and had asked the state government if it “wanted another communal situation”.

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