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Ex-deputy mayor of Mumbai Bhawanji detained

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Former of BJP Babubhai Bhawanji was today detained by police when he and his supporters gathered at in Central to sit on an indefinite hunger strike for the cause of hawkers in the city.

Bhawanji, who heads the Hawkers Unit, was detained from Veer Kotwal garden in (West) for trying to sit on fast without prior permission from the police. He was released later.

Bhawanji alleged the Shiv Sena, the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) and police are dealing with hawkers in a cruel manner despite the Constitution granting equal rights to every citizen to practice profession of his or her choice.

He demanded hawkers should be allowed to sell their wares at skywalks in the city that are lying under-utilised until a comprehensive policy comes into force.

city recently lent support of the party to hawkers in Mumbai and suburbs who were attacked by Navnirman Sena (MNS).

The MNS projects itself as the true of Marathi-speaking people in the city given that most of the hawkers are north Indians.

The Shiv Sena, which used to target hawkers in the past, appeared to have mellowed down a bit probably due to political expediency.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 16:35 IST