Mumbai – slum hutments demolished

May 15, 2010

500 slum hutments demolished, 2500 face Bull Dozers

14.05.2010

More than 500 hutments were illegally bull dozed and burnt down yesterday at Anna Bhau Sathe Nagar, a slum community in eastern suburbs of Mumbai. The Additional Collector Shri Danajay came along with a contingent of more than 250 armed policemen and 6 Bull dozers to the demolish more than 3000 houses. The Demolition squad was fiercely resisted and opposed by the slum dwellers, especially the women but using force they forced enter into the slum and started the demolition drive. To facilitate that fire was put at atleast 3-4 places. Slum residents lost most of their meager belongings as they had no chance to save the same. 40 slum activists were detained by the Deonar Police and release only later in the night.

In the morning a stay was obtained from the Office of Administrator-Konkan Commissioner and was shown to the Demolition Squad, but they shockingly refused to accept the same and continued with the Illegal Demolition in brutal ways. The authority of the Office of Deputy Collector in issuing the Demolition Notice has also been challenged. The demolition has led to atrocities on the members of the Scheduled Caste community members.

Given the un-holy nexus that exists amongst the builders-bureaucrats-politicians, in Mumbai it would not be surprising if they plan to hand over the land to a private builder. Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan earnestly requests you to support the struggle of the slum dwellers against the un-just and the illegal eviction by writing and calling to the concerned officials at the earliest. Your support would be very critical.

In Solidarity,

Santosh Thorat Jameela Begum Simpreet Singh Sumit Wajale Geeta Thatra Madhuri Variyath

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3000 Slum Families face illegal & unjust Eviction

12.05.2010

Residents of Anna Bhau Sathe Nagar, a slum community in eastern suburbs of Mumbai is facing illegal demolition and eviction. Today, the Additional Collector Shri Danajay came along with a contingent of more than 200 armed policemen and 6 Bull dozers to the demolish more than 3000 houses. The Demolition squad was fiercely resisted and opposed by the slum dwellers, especially the women who were successful in forcing the Demolition Squad to retreat back but with a real threat they will be coming back tomorrow again, probably with larger police force and more bulldozers. Slum activists and residents sat in front of the police guarded demolition squad and bulldozers for more than 4 hours and exposed the illegalities of the Collector office as well as the Police who were hell bent on carrying out the eviction drive without any demolition order. After 4 hours of struggle, the Demolition Squad had to take retreat but only after threatening the slum dwellers to be ready to face a much larger demolition squad tomorrow. Anna Bhau Sathe Nagar slum consists of more than 3000 hutments and majority of the residents belong to the Scheduled Caste & Minority Community. Mostly working as un-organised sector workers, they are the real life line of Mumbai city. This year only, the slum dwellers had started a Tailoring Training Centre and a Computer Training Centre for the residents. With the demolition looming large, the Centers are also under threat. Today, slum dwellers of Anna Bhau Sathe Nagar were supported by slum dwellers from other slums like Mandala, Rafiq Nagar, Jai Ambe Nagar and Netaji Nagar in resisting the demolition drive. It is worth mentioning that just last month, the slum dwellers had submitted a proposal to the Central & State government regarding implementation of the Rajiv Awaas Yojana in their slum. Even the ownership of the land on which the slum exists is under dispute, as a private party by the name of Bombay Soap Factory has been claiming the land as well as the state government. Given the un-holy nexus that exists amongst the builders-bureaucrats-politicians, in Mumbai it would not be surprising if they plan to hand over the land to a private builder. Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan earnestly requests you to support the struggle of the slum dwellers against the un-just and the illegal eviction by writing and calling to the concerned officials at the earliest. Your support would be very critical.

In Solidarity,
Santosh Thorat Jameela Begum Simpreet Singh Geeta Thatra Madhuri Variyath

Officials to be Contacted: ·

Shri Dhanajay, Addl. Collector – 9702302333 ·
Shri Dilip Sawant, ACP-Mumbai Police- 9821722776 ·
Shri Ashok Chavan, Chief Minister-Maharashtra, chiefminister@maharashtra.gov.in, Phone No. (022) 2202-5151, 5222