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Aarey protests: Two days after taking charge, Uddhav orders withdrawal of cases against environmentalists

"I have ordered to take back the cases filed against many environmentalists, during the agitation against Aarey metro car shed," Thackeray said.

| New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2019 10:18:43 pm
Aarey protests: Two days after taking charge, Uddhav orders withdrawal of cases against environmentalists Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray ordered withdrawal of charges against Aarey protesters on Sunday. (Source: Twitter/OfficeOfUddhavThackeray)

Two days after he passed a stay order on the construction of the metro carshed in Aarey Colony, newly-appointed Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Sunday ordered the cases registered against environmentalists who were protesting the felling of trees in Aarey be dropped.

“I have ordered to take back the cases filed against many environmentalists, during the agitation against Aarey metro car shed,” Thackeray said.

The withdrawal of cases come more than a month after 29 protesters demanded the withdrawal of the charges against them. They were charged under Sections 353 and 332, relating to obstructing public officials from discharging their duties.

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Alleging that police had assaulted them and not the other way round as mentioned in the FIR, the agitators then had criticised the Mumbai Police for treating environment lovers like “hardcore criminals”.

Protest at a school in Mumbai on Sunday. (Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)

The 29 protesters were arrested on October 8 under non-bailable sections and they were jailed overnight at Thane and Byculla prisons, which had evoked widespread surprise regarding the manner in which police dealt with civic protests.

Protests erupted in the green lung of Mumbai city after Bombay High Court on October 4 allowed MMRCL to cut trees for the construction of the car shed and depot for the Mumbai metro. Nearly 2,141 trees were felled overnight following the High Court orders which had brought the environmental activists to the streets, until Supreme Court passed a restraining order against cutting more trees.

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