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HC bench to hear slumdwellers' woes

A special bench of the Bombay High Court has been constituted on Sunday to hear grievances of hutment dwellers of Kalwa, in Thane district, whose shanties were demolished on October 6.

mumbai Updated: Oct 10, 2010 01:22 IST
HT Correspondent

A special bench of the Bombay High Court has been constituted on Sunday to hear grievances of hutment dwellers of Kalwa, in Thane district, whose shanties were demolished on October 6.

Mathews Nedumpara, advocate for the hutment dwellers, and high court sources confirmed that chief justice Mohit Shah had ordered the constitution of a special bench after a group of women attempted to stage a demonstration outside chief justice Shah's residence on Saturday.

Displaced women and young mothers, who lost their homes in the demolition drive, would be filing a petition in the high court seeking recall of the demolition order and alleging human rights violations.

A group of people whose shanties were demolished at Sainath Nagar, a slum in Kalwa, had gone to meet the chief justice at his residence and hold a demonstration outside his house against the order passed by the court directing demolition saying they were not heard.

However, the Malabar Hill police station did not grant them permission to hold dharnas outside the chief justice’s residence.

Recently, while hearing a public interest litigation, the bench headed by the chief justice directed the Tehsildar, Thane district, and concerned authorities to demolish illegal structures in Kalwa. Following the order, the government authorities had undertaken a demolition drive on October 6.

The petition would be filed by five women – Anita Wakade, Suita Hada, Aarti Bhosar, Meenaxi Bhagwan and Uma Srinivasan.

Wakade delivered a child 12 days ago. Hada, too, had delivered a child a few days ago. Bhosar lost her minor child on Friday.

They have claimed that nearly 400 families have been residing in Sainath Nagar prior to 1995. According to them, they are entitled to protection under the executive and statutory orders issued by the government regularising such illegal slums. They said that before undertaking demolition, the government should have provided them with alternate accommodation.

They have claimed that the high court ought to have asked the Tehsildar to hear the residents first before carrying out any demolition.

Besides, the high court could have issued them a notice to ascertain whether they were rightful occupants of the land ,or trespassers.