A day after the city shutdown owing to the nation-wide bandh, the government began the process of getting the political parties to compensate for the losses.
The home department on Tuesday has written to all the collectors in the state to identify the miscreants and register offences against them, within a week’s time.
For the first time, the state will be invoking the Bombay Police Act, 1951 for a bandh that allows it to recover damages from those who destroy public property.
Miscreants, if proved to have destroyed public property, will be booked under the Prevention of Destruction of Public Property Act, 1981, which provides for punishment of up to five years imprisonment for causing damage to government property.
The same legislation provides imprisonment of up to six months, for causing damage to any means of public transport, telecommunication, installations of government and local self-government bodies.
“There is video footage that our police has captured and other footage that will need to be looked at carefully,” said said Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Chandra Iyengar who is overseeing the valuation process.
People will be identified and damages will be calculated, which will take time,” added Iyengar.
“All state collectors, who will decide on the compensation, have been asked to complete the procedure within a week.”
At the end of Monday, the state accounted for a damage of at least 175 Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking buses and 61 state transport buses, for which the state will slap compensation on the political parties who supported the bandh.
Home Minister R.R. Patil on Monday made it clear that the collector will be the final authority of the amount of compensation to be paid.
Also, people who are identified in the videos will have to be individually fined and in cases where identification is not possible, the fines will be slapped on political parties, Patil has clarified.