A fight between residents of a building in Dahisar took an ugly turn on Thursday night, as a family alleged their neighbours attacked them because they cooked meat in their house. The neighbours, however, alleged the family threw fish gravy at them from their fourth floor house. A non-cognisable report was filed at the MHB police station on Thursday night.
Supriya Chavan, 23, a resident of a flat in B-Wing at Bonaventure Apartments, alleged, “Around 11.30pm, 30-40 neighbours came to our house. They said someone had poured some liquid on them, but decided it was us without even checking. They stained our door and walls with eggs.”
Chavan’s mother Anita and brother Kaustubh were at home when the incident took place. “The residents don’t approve of us cooking meat, so they used the opportunity to pick on us,” said Govind, theatre producer and Chavan’s father.
Other occupants, however, had a different version of the story. Sheetal Sale, a resident of the building, said, “The Chavans don’t like it when other residents sit in the compound till late at night, as it disturbs their sleep. We are confident they threw the gravy at us. They have confronted us during building parties in the past too. After putting up with it for long, we decided to confront them. When we reached their house, they hurled eggs at us.”
“We don’t eat meat, but we have never interfered with other people’s food habits,” said Alpesh Jain, who lives on the same floor as Chavans, adding the Chavans have turned the tiff into a “vegetarian versus non-vegetarian debate”.
On visiting the house, HT found the wall opposite Chavans’ flat was stained with egg and the door had mud stains. “It was raining and our shoes were soiled with mud. We were banging on the door with our feet. If we threw eggs at them, why are there no stains their door,” asked another resident.
Mansur Virani, co-owner of Bonaventure Apartment, said the 18-storey building is two years old, and has 140 flats. “A majority of occupants are Gujaratis, Jains, Marwaris and Marathis. There are several Bengali and Catholic families too. No one has ever approached us with any issue over meat consumption.”
Two other Catholic residents said they frequently cook meat, but have never faced any problems. “The allegations that the residents don’t allow Chavans to bring meat are false,” they said.
When asked about the other residents’s claims, Govind said, “We wonder why are we being singled out.” A senior police officer from the MHB police station said, “We are investigating the matter, and will also go through the CCTV footage.”
The Chavans, meanwhile, approached the Sena on Friday, after which party workers held a protest outside the building.