A Kandivli-based cable operator was allegedly threatened by a group of 12 men on Saturday.
Vishwas Dhanavade, 33, had objected to the SRA redevelopment plan in his area. The Kandivli police have arrested five persons in connection with the incident.
Dhanavade, a cable distributor at Sainagar slum near MG Cross Road, Kandivli (West), was in his office when the men allegedly barged in. They ransacked his office and damaged his computer and chairs. Before leaving, they threatened Dhanavade to stop opposing them.
Dhanavade, who also lives in the slum, had opposed the Slum Redevelopment Authority (SRA) committee that had been planning to redevelop Sainagar slums since the past 10 years. He alleged that there were too many irregularities in their work.
Senior inspector Suryakant Ghatge said Dhanavade was very vocal about the corruption prevalent in the SRA committee. "He made a pamphlet during Diwali for the residents,” said Ghatge. “He appealed to them not to fear the goons who were a part the SRA committee."
This agitated the committee members who went to Dhanavade's office and started demanding why he referred to them as goons in his note. Dhanavade registered a complaint immediately, the police said.
"The 12 accused have been booked under section 143, 147, and 149 of the IPC. We have arrested five other men while the rest are still absconding. All 12 of the accused are members of the SRA committee and are residents of Sainagar slum," said Ghatge.