Despite some government and police officials requesting her to quit fasting, activist Medha Patkar continued onto the fourth day of her fast-unto-death on Monday. The plot thickened further when residents of the Ganeshkripa Society alleged that their signatures on the consent letters shown by developers were forged.
Officials from the slum rehabilitation authority and state government visited Patkar to discuss the signature forgery issue in the Ganeshkripa Society in Khar on Monday.
“We have checked the papers and now will report the same to the concerned authorities and work accordingly,” said Prakash Mahajan, Controller, Encroachment and Removal, collectorate for Mumbai suburban.
“The commissioner of police asked me to get the details of the issue and I have done so. The issue seems to be grave,” said Madhukar Gavit, additional commissioner of police, who on Monday visited Ganeshkripa society where Patkar is on hunger strike.
“The government could have sent people from higher levels if they were really interested in doing something for the people,” said Patkar.
Meanwhile, three of Patkar’s representatives met home minister RR Patil and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar to discuss the forgery and alleged violence by police officials on residents during demolitions on Monday.
“Patil has told us that he will look into the matter. We hope that he acts soon on it. Pawar told that he will ask concerned authorities to check the issue and ask for a report from them,” said social activist Vivek Pandit.
Patkar has been on indefinite hunger strike since Friday and her health has been deteriorating in the past two days.