Protest over water turns ugly, 2 hurt
Around 200 residents of Shivaji Nagar, Cheeta Camp and Gautam Nagar blocked the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road for an hour on Thursday morning to protest lack of water, supplied by the BMC, disrupting traffic, reports Rachna Pratihar.Updated: Feb 06, 2009, 00:59 IST
Around 200 residents of Shivaji Nagar, Cheeta Camp and Gautam Nagar blocked the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road for an hour on Thursday morning to protest lack of water, supplied by the BMC, disrupting traffic.
The residents damaged four vehicles, injuring two people, including a BEST bus driver.
“They were demanding water supply from the BMC in their locality which has not been provided to them since two-three years. The residents alleged that in spite of having a water connection and paying the water bill every month, there was no BMC water supply in the area,” said a police official.
According to the Deonar police, the protest march began from Shivaji Nagar to the Eastern Express highway.
“The protestors who were shouting slogans against the BMC, stone pelted and damaged four vehicles including a taxi, a tourist and two BEST buses,” said Gyandev Geete, senior inspector, Deonar police station.
The driver of the BEST bus route number 375, Uttam Narawade also got injured in the process.
In order to control the mob, police officials from Deonar and Shivaji nagar police stations resorted to lathi charge and rounded up around 50 people.
Later, during the day, Deonar police arrested 38 people, including 33 men and five women.
“They have been booked under various sections of rioting and for causing damage to public property and for causing hurt. The accused' were produced in court and have been remanded to judicial custody,” Geete added.