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Aarey protests Highlights: 29 protesters remanded in judicial custody for 14 days

Mumbai Aarey Protests Today, Aarey Colony in Goregaon East Highlights: Section 144 was imposed in the area after the MMRCL began cutting trees which led to massive protests by activists who alleged that at least 1,000 trees were felled.

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Several Aarey protesters were arrested and detained by the police on Saturday. (Express photo/Sanjana Bhalerao)

Mumbai Aarey Protests Highlights:  29 people who were arrested for protesting against the tree felling were sent to judicial custody and several others were detained on Saturday in connection with the protest against the cutting of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony. Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court dismissed an urgent praecipe by a petitioner to stay the felling of trees for the proposed metro car shed.

Section 144 was imposed in the area after the MMRCL in a late-night move, began cutting trees which led to massive protests by activists who alleged that at least 1,000 trees were felled by the end of the day. “Police is hitting people, including the Adivasis, at the protest site. Adivasi girls are sitting inside and are refusing to leave. Police have detained people and taken them to different police stations,” one of the protesters said. Residents and environmentalists have been demanding that the car shed be shifted elsewhere to ensure the trees are protected.

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Aaditya Thackeray urges Maharashtra CM to not 'put cases' on environmentalists

Congress hopes to capitalise on Aarey issue in Maharashtra polls

A day after Sanjay Nirupam alleged a conspiracy to sideline leaders loyal to Rahul Gandhi over apparent denial of tickets to his loyalists, city Congress president Eknath Gaikwad told reporters that Nirupam should meet AICC general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge and party chief Sonia Gandhi to get his "misunderstandings" cleared. "People from the metropolis are angry with the Maharashtra government on the issues of the PMC bank and metro car shed at Aarey," he said. (PTI)

NCP leader Jitendra Awhad visited Aarey Colony today

No fresh notice needed for tree felling at Aarey: MMRCL MD

Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) dismissed green activists' contention on Saturday that a fresh notice was needed before cutting trees in Aarey Colony after the Bombay High Court dismissed petitions opposing it. Protests broke out in Aarey Colony in north Mumbai on Friday night after MMRC started cutting trees for the construction of a car shed for Mumbai Metro's phase III.

WATCH | Tree felling completed, trunks loaded on trucks to be shifted

29 protesters remanded in judicial custody for 14 days

In the aftermath of Friday's protests against tree felling, 29 people have been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. The police had also asked for custody of four of the protestors to investigate their role in Friday night’s chaos at Aarey but a magistrate rejected the pleas. All protestors have been booked on the charges of unlawful assembly and using criminal force to deter a public servant from carrying out his official duties under the Indian Penal Code. If convicted, the offences carry prison terms ranging between six months and three years.

'Will deal with murderers of Aarey forest in best possible way': Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray commented on Aarey protests, a day after holding a joint presser with BJP on seat sharing pact: "The upcoming government will be our government and we come into power once again, we will deal with the murderers of Aarey forest in the best possible way we can."

Activists sought stay on tree-felling to move SC against HC order

The activists, in their application, sought a stay on the MMRCL action for a week so that they could approach the Supreme Court against the high court's order. The application was taken up for urgent hearing by Justices S C Dharmadhikari and A K Menon. After brief arguments, the bench refused to grant the stay and disposed of their application. (PTI)

Arrested Aarey protesters sent to judicial custody

The 29 protesters who were arrested by Mumbai police for allegedly assaulting public servants and forming an unlawful assembly have been remanded to judicial custody. Several others participating in the protests against the tree-felling at Aarey for the construction of the proposed metro car shed were also detained.

MMRCL is cutting trees outside the depot plot, not part of 2072 trees proposal: Aarey activist Zoru Bathena

"These photos are of trees outside the Depot plot, on opp side of the road. They (MMRCL) don't have any permission for cutting these trees for sure. These trees are not part of 2702 tree proposal," said activist Zoru Bathena who moved the Bombay High Court with an urgent petition seeking stay on the tree felling at Aarey. 

(Source: Tasneem Shaikh, Aarey conservation group.)

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Bombay HC rejects urgent praecipe seeking stay on Aarey tree felling

A petitioner on Saturday moved an urgent praecipe before Bombay High Court seeking stay on the ongoing tree cutting at Aarey. A bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and A K Menon has, however, rejected their plea.

Watch: A huge tree falls inside metro car depot at Aarey Colony

Aarey residents asked to produce address proof

Residents living inside Aarey colony have been asked to show address proof at the three entry points. Only those who are able to produce proofs are allowed to go inside Aarey.

Sanjay Nirupam arrives at Goregaon entry point to Aarey

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam arrives at Goregaon entry point to Aarey.

Those arrested manhandled cops on duty: Police

"We have arrested 29 protesters. Six of them are women. Some of them had manhandled and beaten the police personnel deployed in Aarey Colony and obstructed them from discharging their duty," a police official was quoted as saying by PTI.

Will plant more trees than those felled, says Prakash Javadekar

Amid the ongoing furore over tree cutting, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar in Lucknow said that the cutting of trees for the Mumbai Metro was similar to what was done in Delhi for the construction of the metro, and added that the government will plant double the trees than felled. “Today, Delhi Metro is the world’s best metro. But how did it develop? We had to cut at least 20-25 trees for one metro station. People protested then too, in the same way they are protesting now. Later, we had planted five trees in place of one. And now, in 15-17 years, they have grown. We successfully constructed 271 stations, too. In this way, Delhi’s forest cover also grew and public transport service was provided to the 30 lakh Delhiites. This is how our ministry works. We work on development along with taking care of our environment," he said.

Fearing detention, Aarey protesters shift to Powai Lake to discuss next course of action (Express photo/Sanjana Bhalerao)

Lathi charge on activists unnecessary: Sanjay Nirupam

"Development must have a human face. What is the hurry to impose Section 144? Lathi charge on activists is unnecessary and I condemn it," Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said.

'Cops had promised not to cut anymore trees'

"We crossed the Aarey picnic point at around 9:45 am and we could hear the machines being used to cut trees. It was disheartening, police had promised last night that no more trees will be cut, " said K Shamata Surve who has been detained at Aarey police station since 9:45 am.

Three women detained at Aarey police station since morning

Three women have been detained at Aarey police station since morning.

‘Hacking down forest in cover of night, shame’: Aaditya Thackeray on Aarey tree-cutting

Shiv Sena’s youth wing president Aaditya Thackeray Saturday slammed the MMRCL for the felling of trees In Aarey colony. In a series of tweets, the Shiv Sena leader expressed his displeasure at the action taken by the MMRCL and asked why protesting citizens were being treated “like criminals”. He criticised the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd for “slyly and swiftly” cutting down an ecosystem, which, he said, is “shameful and disgusting”.

Congress' Sanjay Nirupam leaves for Aarey Colony

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam is heading to Aarey Colony.

'We are not criminals, just protesters'

Yohan Fernandes, a resident of Mulund, was taken to Aarey police station for clicking pictures of the area near the metro carshed. He said, "The cops wanted to see my phone. I am here since 8:45am. Aarey is the only patch we get in the city to cycle. We are not criminals, we are just protestors who want to save the only green lung of our city. I want to urge more people to come and protest at the site. We are not against the construction of the metro, authorities need to understand that. We need to outnumber the police personnel present here." Fernandes is a part of cyclists group from Mulund who cycle in the area during weekends.

Shiv Sena corporator Sheetal Mhatre detained

"We are detained at Vanrai police station for protesting against brutal cutting of trees at Aarey," Shiv Sena corporator Sheetal Mhatre tweeted.

29 people arrested for Aarey protests

Twenty-nine people have been arrested in connection with the protests that broke out last night, police said.

Aarey protests: Student not allowed to leave for exam

Manisha Dhinde, an Adivasi girl and a student of Shri M D Shah Mahila College of Arts and Commerce, said she has an exam to appear for but police have detained her. "They are not willing to talk to her principal," Amrita Bhattacharjee of Aarey Conservation Group said. She is at Dahisar police station.

Allegations of high handedness false: Mumbai Police

"The allegations made by some persons of high handedness by Mumbai Police during the Aarey bandobast are false. All due procedures and legally valid steps were taken while handling the situation yesterday. The situation currently is peaceful and due legal procedures are being followed," Pranaya Ashok, DCP(Operations), Mumbai Police, said in a statement.

40 protesters booked under IPC: Police

Police have booked 40 protesters under various sections of the IPC since late Friday night. An official told PTI that over 60 people protesting against the felling of trees have been detained.

More students detained

Students standing near the Western Express Highway in Goregaon, away from the Aarey entry point, have also been detained.

Protests continue outside Aarey Colony (Express photo/Sanjana Bhalerao)

Asked police to show us permission to cut trees, says Priyanka Chaturvedi

Students and activists detained from Goregaon check Naka have been taken Samta Nagar police station. "I have not violated Section 144. I am standing here alone and not in a group. We (citizens) are requesting police to show us the permission to cut trees and they are violently acting and detaining us," Priyanka Chaturvedi said. 

With court order, tree felling cannot be stopped: Gajanan Kirtikar

Sitting MP Gajanan Kirtikar, who is in Palghar and is expected to reach Aarey by evening, said, "Now that court order has come, I don't think the process of cutting the trees can be stopped."

Aarey villagers not allowed inside: AAP

Jogeshwari East AAP candidate Vitthal Lad: The villagers from hamlets are not being allowed to leave their houses. Several people cannot go inside Aarey to their hamlets." 

Shiv Sena leaders taken to Aarey police station

Shiv Sena's Shubha Raul said, "We reached a point where we could hear the machines cutting the trees. At least 1,000 trees have already been felled. Four Sena leaders and a few volunteers have been detained by police. We have been taken to Aarey police station." 

Aarey protests: Priyanka Chaturvedi detained by cops

Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi has also been detained by the cops.

Aarey protests: Sena corporator, former mayor detained

Sena corporator Sheetal Mhatre and former Mayor Shubha Raul have also been detained.

Section 144 imposed at Aarey Colony

Section 144 has been imposed at Aarey Colony.

Students, activists detained at Goregaon Aarey entry point

Students and activists who were posting updates on the tree felling on social media have been detained from Goregaon Aarey entry point.

'Cops taking away mobiles of protesters'

"Cops are taking mobile of people who are trying to click pictures," Tasneem Shaikh, from Aarey conservation group, told The Indian Express.

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Aarey Highlights: Police have detained people. (Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

With the protests against a proposal to fell and transplant 2,646 trees in Aarey Colony to make way for the Metro 3 car shed gathering momentum and resonating across Mumbai, most political parties, sensing its importance in the upcoming state election, have declared their support to “saving the environment”.

Congress leader and former Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Nirupam expressed his disappointment with the court’s decision and said the fight will continue. “I am disappointed with Bombay High court decision on Aarey petition. We will continue our fight against felling of trees in Aarey,” he said.

Except the BJP, which has maintained that the car depot in Aarey Colony would be in the interest of the city, its ally Shiv Sena, opposition parties Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Samajwadi Party, have all gatecrashed the ‘Save Aarey’ movement.

The citizen-driven campaign gathered steam in August after a proposal of removing 2,646 trees for the proposed car depot of Metro 3 line (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz) was passed in a Tree Authority meeting.

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