The Navi Mumbai police on Monday conducted a rehearsal for the bandobast duties for the demolition of Bawakhaleshwar temple. The temple is likely to be demolished in a couple of days, as the MIDC has requested police protection on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Bawakhaleshwar temple was built at Pawane village in Navi Mumbai in 2007 over 32 acres of land, which allegedly belong to MIDC. The temple was inaugurated by then guardian minister Ganesh Naik.
However, the temple was taken over by the Bawakhaleshwar Temple Trust in 2010. Activist Sandeep Thakur had dragged the temple trust and other authorities to the court. The high court and the Supreme Court had held that the temple was an illegal encroachment and the Bombay High Court had given a deadline of November 26 for its demolition.
The MIDC officials are, however, claiming that they are waiting for the high court’s order on a writ petition filed by the devotees before demolition. However, they have asked for Bandobast from Navi Mumbai police. “We did a rehearsal today and found that we have enough manpower. We have been asked to provide police protection on Tuesday and Wednesday so mostly the demolition work will begin now,” said Sanjay Kumar Commissioner of Navi Mumbai police.