state to provide security to Indu mills complex

MUMBAI: Agreeing to the demand of providing security to Indu Mills compound the state government, on Wednesday, told the Bombay High Court that it will ensure that there is no repetition of forcible occupation of the premises.

On Wednesday the court had asked the state to file a statement if it would ensure that the mill compound is protected in future so that it can not be encroached upon. On Dec 6 the activists forced their way into the mill compound at Dadar demanding that a memorial for Dr Babasaheb Ambedekar be constructed there. After the state assured the Dalit leaders that their demand will be met, they vacated the Indu Mills land last Friday.

On Thursday, National Textile Corporation the court that while the RPI activists who had taken possession of the mills have left the premises, the statues of Lord Buddha and Babasaheb Ambedkar have been left behind and the activists can take them back at any time.(Eom)

A DAY BEFOER

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court, on Tuesday, directed Maharashtra government to make a statement regarding whether it would provide proper security at the Indu mills compound to ensure that it is not encroached upon again.

A division bench of Justices D K Deshmukh and Anoop Mohta was hearing a petition filed by National Textile Corporation (NTC) seeking directions to Mumba
i police and state government to evict Republican Sena activists who had forcibly occupied the 4.2 acres Indu mills compound. On Dec 6 the activists forced their way into the mill compound at Dadar demanding that a memorial for Dr Babasaheb Ambedekar be constructed there. After the state assured the Dalit leaders that their demand will be met, they vacated the land last Friday.

With a view to prevent similar incidents the state has been asked to file the statement on Wednesday. NTC’s counsel Darius Khambata told the court that even though the encroachers evicted the compounds voluntarily after negotiations the government had to ensure that such incidents do not occur again. “The government should make a statement that proper protection will be given so that the incident is not repeated,” Justice Deshmukh said.

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