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    INDIA: Illegal and brutal eviction throws slum dwellers on to the streets in Mumbai

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    INDIA: Illegal and brutal eviction throws slum dwellers on to the streets in Mumbai

    Post by Admin on Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:58 am

    Hi Ihrgian

    is to inform you that Human Rights violation going on in high priority
    in India, mostly by government servant.For more details visit
    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding an
    appeal from the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM)
    concerning an illegal and forced eviction of slum dwellers in Mumbai, India. It is alleged that the eviction is undertake at the behest of a private property developer. It is reported that human rights activists
    have started a fast in protest against the arrest of the protesters,
    and further demanding an immediate end of the illegal eviction. [/b]
    If you have further questions, please contact the following persons in India:

    1. Mr. Sumit Wajale +91- 9892727063

    2. Ms. Madhuri Variyath +91 - 9820619174

    3. Mr. Shrikanth +91 - 9179148973


    Urgent Appeals Desk

    Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
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    20 January[/b]: In an absolute act of illegality and
    inhumanity, the Mumbai district administration began demolitions of the
    houses of the poor basti-dwellers (slum dwellers) at Gan
    esh Kripa
    Society, Golibar today. When the people and the activists confronted
    the administration, the administration used brute force upon the
    people. Eyewitnesses have reported of barbaric behaviour by the police.
    Male police officers in particular behaved in crude and humiliating
    manner and manhandled some of the women, resulting in the their dress
    being torn. It is reported that some police officers deliberately tried
    to snatch the magalsuthra (a chain or thread on which South Asian women
    wear wedlock) off from the women, an extremely humiliating conduct
    against a woman in the Indian context. One of the officers pulled Ms.
    Medha Patkar, an internationally acclaimed human rights activist, by
    her hair. It is reported that the eviction is at the behest of a
    private property developer, Shivali k Builders.


    Persons taken into custody by the police are detained at different
    police stations including
    Nirmal Nagar and Bandra-Kurla Police
    Stations. The police officers responsible for the illegal actions
    include Mr. Mahabdi, Mr. Rokde, Mr. Salunke, Ms. Lalavade and in
    particular Senior Police Inspector Mr. Bagade who marched his force
    into Ganesh Krupa Society and started demolishing dwellings and abusing
    protestors.
    Immediately, thousands of slum dwellers stormed the Western Express Highway[/b][/size][size=12][b]It is alleged that Shivalik Builders has no legal right over the
    property. Should that be the case, instead of preventing an illegal
    encroachment upon the dwellings of the poor, of which most of them have
    perfected their title upon the property they posses by way of the
    operation of law in India, the administration continues to demolish and
    destroy huts and hearth of hundreds of poor familie
    s. Ms. Medha Patkar has begun a fast in protest against the incident. Thousands of basti (slum) dwellers across Mumbai
    under the banner of Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan (save house, build
    house movement) have united in solidarity with the detainees and those
    who have already lost their property in the incident.
    People from across the country are contacting the Nirmal Nagar Police Station (91-22-26471306 / 26470931) and SPI Bagade (+91-9821600134) requesting the immediate release of the detainees. Some persons have also contacted the Chief Minister of the state, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan (+91-22-22025151 and 22025222). Many have also sent emails to the Chief Minister at the minister's email address: chiefminister@maharashtra.gov.in
    We also urge you to do the same.
    [/b][/size][size=12][b]Please request the administration to:
    [/b][/size][size=12][b]1. Immediately release all the detainees;

    2. Immediately suspend from service and take disciplinary action
    against all police officials and other persons involved in the illegal
    demolition;

    3. Register cases against those who participated in the illegal action and used criminal force upon the people;

    4. Take legal actions against Shivalik Builders.

    [b]BACKGROUND INFORMATION[/b]:


    Shivalik Builders: Another Saga of Illegality


    In the name of 'slum rehabilitation' on 140 acres of land at Golibar in
    Bandra, the Shivalik Ventures have breached law and taken up work on
    the land leased out by the Maharashtra
    Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to at least 45
    societies. In order to undertake any construction at least 70 percent
    members of these societies have to give their consent. Such consent was
    not given to the builder or to the MHADA so far by the members of these
    societies. In addition, against the provisions of the Maharashtra Slum
    Areas Act 1971, the slum rehabilitation scheme is converted into a,
    what is known as the 3K-Cluster Project. This issue is challenged at
    the Mumbai High Court.


    The property developers have been trying to promote the project with
    false claims as well as using violent and rep
    ressive means with the
    help of the local police force and by employing thugs. They have
    attempted to physically injure two local activists in the past.


    The scheme itself is a fraud, committed with the blessings of the local
    politicians and bureaucrats. It is estimated that 65 acres of land
    belonging to the Defence Ministry has been illegally encroached already
    and constructions made. These illegal constructions have to be
    demolished.


    Shivalik is now falsely claiming that what is built on the Defence
    Ministry's land is only transit camps to accommodate those who are
    evicted. In reality however, the real transit camps, wherever they
    exist, are uninhabitable. Hence most of the evictees are staying in
    rented premises. Additionally, the evictions were undertaken in such
    haste that those who lost their houses were not given adequate notice.
    Those who resisted faced brute force. It is also alleg
    ed that the same
    property developers has encroached property belonging to the railways.
    [/b][/size][size=12][b]Even as the Adarsh and Lavasa construction scams continue to shame
    Maharashtra, there are hundreds of big real-estate developers across
    Mumbai and in the state who are the real encroachers, as against the
    hard-working urban poor, who in fact contribute the most essential
    services to the city.


    We hope the Chief Minister will act quickly and initiate prompt actions
    against these criminal elements that cheat the people and are looting
    the nation.


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    Urgent Appeals Desk

    Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)[/b][/size][b]

    and demanded the release of the detained activists and that the illegal
    and unjust demolition of their homes to be stopped immediately.
    Notably, many houses now sought to be de
    molished exist for the past 55
    to 60 years in the locality.[/b]
    [b][/b][b][size=12][b]International Human Rights Day 2010 - Download our pre-print PDF version of the annual reports [url=http://www.humanrights.asia/resources/hrreport/2010]here[/url].[/b]

    -----------------------------

    Asian Human Rights Commission
    19/F, Go-Up Commercial Building,
    998 Canton Road, Kowloon,
    Hongkong S.A.R.
    Tel: +(852) - 2698-6339
    Fax: +(852) - 2698-6367[/size][/b]



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