With no action by the police almost 25 days after a man from Goregaon alleged he was discriminated against by a builder because he was a non-vegetarian, Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam, along with MLA Aslam Shaikh and other volunteers, held a protest at the Malad police station on Friday.
Vaibhav Rahate, a car dealer, said he went to the builder’s office at Malad on May 4, as he was keen on buying a flat at Celestial Heights on SV Road. “When the manager learned my mother tongue was Marathi, he made me wait outside for half-an-hour. When I asked him for a brochure, he said the builder does not want to sell the flats to Marathi-speaking people or Muslims, as they are non-vegetarians,” Rahate said.
After meeting the senior officers, including the zonal deputy commissioner of police, Nirupam tweeted, “The Malad police agreed to lodge a complaint against the builder, who denied a flat to a Marathi youth as he is a non-vegetarian (sic).”
Rahate said he had approached the police on May 4. While his statement was recorded, the builder or the manager was not booked. “We have recorded his statement based on the allegations. Our investigations are going on. We have accepted the application submitted by Nirupam. An FIR will be registered after the investigation is complete,” said Milind Khetle, senior inspector, Malad police station.