Fight for ‘Indu Mills’ land still on…

Vrinda Malik
MUMBAI: Reiterating its stand on the Indu mills land, Republican Party of India (RPI) members held a meeting to demand that the land be immediately vacated and transferred to them.
“After the court order we were told that the land will be granted us by 31st January- this meeting is to remind the government of their promise otherwise we will forcefully enter the premises to claim our right,” Ramdas Athvale,president of RPI said.

On 6th Dec 2010 activists and members of RPI 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 leaders that their demand will be met, they vacated the Indu Mills land, however the Bombay high court on 4th January directed Maharashtra government to provide proper security at the Indu mills compound to ensure that it is not encroached upon again.

“Today’s meeting was just to ensure that the government does not forget our demand and to warn them that if they ignore our voice then we will be forced to take over the mill land ourselves,” Mr Athvale added. The members had sought an appointment with the Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan however were not granted the time and resorted to a peaceful morcha towards the Vidhan Bhawan. (Eom)

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