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Nigerian students in Mumbai colony told to move out

ACP Kishor Jadhav said no eviction notices had been sent by the police.

Written by Dipti Singh | Mumbai |
September 3, 2014 2:40:49 am

Twenty-five Nigerian students studying in suburban colleges have been asked by real estate agents and their landlords to vacate their flats at Royal Palms in Aarey Colony of Goregaon within 15 days. While the agents and flat-owners claim they did so on instructions from the police, senior police officers denied having issued any such orders.

In a notice dated September 1, a real estate agency in Goregaon informed a client-tenant that due to the restrictions imposed by the Aarey police station, they could not rent the flat to them anymore and that they would have to vacate it within 15 days failing which the agency would not be responsible for any consequences.

Ritu Borle, owner of one such agency called Goregaon Real Estate, said, “We were called by the police on August 27 for a meeting and told that we must ask all the Nigerians to vacate the flats. We have to follow their instructions…Hence, we issued them a notice.”

Aarey police officers said that although a meeting of real estate agents operating in Royal Palms was called on August 27, they had not instructed them to get the Nigerian students vacate their flats within 15 days.

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“Many of these students continue their stay here even after their visas have expired…Hence, we have to keep a watch,” said an officer at Aarey police station.

ACP Kishor Jadhav said no eviction notices had been sent by the police. “We do not have the power to evict people from their houses,” he said.

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