Two hawkers booked for assaulting a cop in Mumbai during anti-encroachment drive
A BMC official filed an FIR stating that six hawkers, whose stalls were being removed on Saturday, abused and assaulted a police constablemumbai Updated: Sep 13, 2017 11:10 IST
A complaint was filed against two hawkers after three people, including a policeman, were injured in an altercation between hawkers and the authorities at of Bandstand on Saturday evening.
Shehnaz Singh, 37, and Shabana Ansari, 23, were booked for assaulting a constable.
Residents, who have time and again complained about hawkers at Bandstand, said many illegal stalls have come up during the fair. BMC official Sanjay Mahajan, 49, filed the FIR stating that six hawkers, whose stalls were being removed on Saturday, abused and assaulted a police constable. There were five BMC officials and two cops at the spot, said the FIR.
A BMC official of the license department told HT that this was the fourth time in the last few months that an FIR was filed against hawkers for intervening in civic work. “Illegal hawkers always come up at Bandstand. We will continue taking action against them,” said the official.
Benedict Soares, trustee of Bandra Bandstand Residents Trust, said they are scared of vendors as they have threatened them too. “We have written to the BMC asking them to make the area hawker free,” said Soares.
The accused hawkers are members of the Azad Hawkers Union. They said they have the licence to sell eatables. “Before I could show them the licence, they took all my goods. My 15-year-old daughter’s hand was fractured in the fight. We were only trying to get our goods back. We may have used abusive words, but how can a cop beat up women hawkers?” said Singh.
The union’s general secretary Salma Shaikh said, “We asked the police to see the CCTV footage but they are not ready to.”