Sec 144 Imposed, Activists Detained After Protests Against Midnight Chopping In Aarey Forest

5 Oct 2019 12:10 PM GMT
Editor : Sanika Athavale
Sec 144 Imposed, Activists Detained After Protests Against Midnight Chopping In Aarey Forest

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on Friday night, started cutting trees in Aarey Forest. The hurried decision to clear the land was implemented late night as Bombay High Court dismissed all petitions against the felling of 2,700 trees in the Aarey Forest.

Section 144 was imposed in the region after several activists and citizens protested outside the metro car depot site in Aarey. The activists allege that more than 500 trees were chopped and 200 activists were detained over the night.

The activists are reportedly booked under Sections 332, 353, and 149, 143 of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to criminally assaulting public servants on duty and offences of unlawful gatherings.

As per the High Court ruling, the BMC was supposed to wait for 15 days before beginning any activity in the region, but the activists allege that the chopping of the trees late night, was in stealth, illegal and in contravention of the order.

When bulldozers were brought into the green space at midnight, citizens came out in large numbers to oppose and challenge the authorities.

Many politicians, actors and business leaders came on record to criticize the government for the axing what’s popularly know as ‘lungs’ of the city.


Aditya Thackeray, President of the youth wing of the Shiv Sena also extended his support to the activists.


Also Read: Proposed Metro Shed Threatens Mumbai’s Last Green Lungs As It Is To Kill 2300 Trees

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