Environment activist Harish Pandey was attacked by a handful of people at Yogi Nagar in Borivli while he was accompanying a news channel’s camera crew to film the dumping of debris on mangroves.
Pandey and the media crew were filming the site from the terrace of a nearby building when 15 to 20 people came and threatened the crew. The media crew lodged a non-cognizable (NC) complaint at the MHB Colony police station.
“The situation was brought under control and we have taken one of the culprits, Suhas Wadekar, in custody,” said Bharat Kumbhar, acting senior police inspector, MHB Colony police station.
For Pandey it was a near escape. “I called the police officials and could leave the building only after they arrived,” said Pandey. The attackers who had already shooed away the driver of the media crew threatened to break their cameras.
The police escorted the media crew to the police station situated 200 meters from the site.
Police officials also confirm that the revenue department of Borivli has drawn up a panchanama of the Yogi Nagar site where debris is being dumped on mangroves.
“We have registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Jyantilal Patel and Suresh Jaiswal, who own the site where debris is being dumped,” added Kumbhar.