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Uddhav Thackeray orders withdrawal of cases against Aarey activists

The CM reiterated that he was not stopping any metro project in Mumbai.

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as chief minister along with a  six-member council of ministers 	photo: pti
Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as chief minister along with a six-member council of ministers | Photo: PTI

Cases registered against green activists who tried to stop felling of trees in Mumbai's will be withdrawn, Maharashtra Chief Minister announced on Sunday night.

Cases were registered after clashes broke out between the police and green activists opposing axing of trees by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) in early October for construction of a metro car shed for the Metro-3 line.

"I have directed police officials to withdraw the cases registered against green activists who were protesting against chopping of trees in the Aarey forest area," Thackeray told reporters.

The CM reiterated that he was not stopping any metro project in Mumbai.

After taking charge as the chief minister on November 29, Thackeray, who heads the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government, had announced stay on construction of the metro car shed project in the colony, a prime green lung of the city.

Police had booked at least 38 protesters under IPC sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from duty) and 143 (unlawful assembly).

Of them, 29 protesters, including six women, were arrested when some of them allegedly tried to obstruct the police personnel at Aarey from discharging their duty and manhandling them.

A sessions court had on October 6 granted conditional bail to 29 protesters.

First Published: Sun, December 01 2019. 22:50 IST
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