The police have issued notices to 32 retired policemen, staying in the Vartak Nagar police quarters asking them to vacate the quarters within a week’s time.
The notices were issued two months ago.
On Monday, two such families were evicted by the police.
“We have been living here for 35 years. Last month, we had a meeting with Home Minister R.R. Patil who had promised us to let us stay here for six months. They had been deducting Rs 2,500 as rent from the pension,” said Pratibha Ghadge (34), who works in a BPO. Ghadge’s father Parshuram (65) worked as an assistant sub-inspector with the Thane police.
“On Monday, Vartak Nagar policemen ordered us to vacate the house. Senior Police Inspector Vijay Jagtap spoke rudely to my parents and asked us to leave or they would drag us out,” she added.
The Ghadges are now staying at a rented place in Savarkar Nagar. Other families have been asked to vacate by Sunday.
This is the second notice given to Motiram Gosavi s family, who died two years ago. He is survived by his wife and son.
“We are staying here since 19 years. Last time we were allowed to stay after getting the notice as we were not getting the pension,” said Asha, his wife.
Police Commissioner Anil Dhere said there is no option for the retired officials but to vacate the quarters. “There are new constables coming in and they need to be accommodated. As far as the meeting with the home minister is concerned, he had asked them to vacate within three months,” Dhere said.