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.