A 35-year-old building in Mumbai’s Mumbra is in the news. Reason: a ‘for vegetarians only’ board which suddenly sprung up outside the structure in the Muslim-dominated area a few days ago. While office-bearers of Shiv Darshann society claimed there is no such rule, the police said the board, which “may have been put up to create political tension”, has been pulled down two days ago.
Devta Mangla, a resident, said, “I have been living here for 35 years. There is no such rule. When I was returning from a trip on Thursday morning, I saw the police removing a board which said residents can’t sell or rent flats to meat-eaters.”
“People have a right to decide who they want to sell their flat to and what they prefer to eat. The shops on the ground floor have been rented out to Chinese food stalls and a bar. Earlier, there was a women’s bar, which was shut later. How can rules be different for residents and shopkeepers,” she asked.
“A majority of residents here are meat-eaters. Some residents are not in favour of selling flats to Muslims,” said another resident, requesting anonymity.
The office-bearers, however, have refuted the claims.
Ajay Gupta, one of the office-bearers of the society, said, “There is no such board in the society. We have not imposed any restriction on residents. The news is false.”
R Tayade, senior inspector, Mumbra police station, said, “The board was put up by a resident to create political tension in the area. We pulled it down two days ago. We have warned him against such acts in the future.”