Mumbai’s Mohammed Ali Road witnesses ongoing bulldozer action as BMC clears alleged illegal encroachments, claiming it’s part of a cleanliness drive. Police warn against spreading rumors for communal harmony.
Mumbai, January 26, 2024 – The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) continued its demolition drive on Mohammed Ali Road in Mumbai, citing the removal of illegal encroachments as part of a broader cleanliness initiative. Although the exact number of establishments affected is yet to be disclosed, approximately 40 shops faced the bulldozer on this iconic street.
BMC officials assert that the structures demolished were illegal encroachments on footpaths, emphasizing the need to reclaim public space. The ongoing operation follows the recent dismantling of 15 ‘illegal’ constructions at Haidary Chowk on Mira Road in Thane district by the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC).
The MBMC action unfolded in the aftermath of a clash between two communities in Mira Bhayander, where a disagreement during a procession escalated into violence. The clash prompted a swift response from authorities, with MBMC Deputy Commissioner Maruti Gaikwad terming the demolitions as part of a routine cleanliness drive across the city.
Despite official explanations, concerns regarding potential tensions have prompted Mumbai Police to issue a warning against the spread of rumors on social media. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Hemraj Singh Rajput, emphasized that strict legal actions would be taken against those disseminating misleading information.
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In a recent incident, two individuals were arrested for posting a misleading video predicting unrest in Trombay. Following an investigation, it was determined to be a false alarm, leading to the filing of FIRs against the accused. The police, having arrested 19 individuals so far, are conducting a thorough investigation, with two additional arrests based on CCTV footage evidence.
In light of the recent events, the Mira Bhayandar Media Association organized a joint meeting appealing to political parties and religious groups to postpone any processions that could potentially disrupt peace in the city. As authorities strive to maintain order, the emphasis remains on dispelling rumors and ensuring a sense of security within the community.