Mumbai: Prohibitory orders have been imposed under Section 144 in the area near the metro-rail project site in Aarey Colony, Mumbai. Three entrances to Aarey Colony have been barricaded, amid plans by protesters to gather at all entry points. On Friday, the Bombay High Court dismissed all petitions against the felling of 2,646 trees.
Earlier in the day, around 26 protesters have been detained in Mumbai since Friday night as they tried to stop officials from cutting down trees in Aarey Colony. The Bombay High Court dismissed it after a petition was dismissed against the felling of around 2,600 trees in the colony for Mumbai Metro construction work, some even claimed that police were killing protesters at the site.
A protest was held at night near Aarey forest just after Mumbai high court dismissed petitions opposing tree-cutting.
The felling of the trees, which began late Friday night, came amid heavy opposition from activists who alleged that at least 1,000 trees had fallen by the end of the day.
“Police are killing people including tribals at the protest site. He has applied force on many people. The tribal girls are sitting inside and are refusing to leave. We are all in a police car. The police have taken people into custody and taken them to various police stations,” IndianExpress quoted protesters saying.
Police have booked 40 protesters under various sections of the IPC since late Friday night. An official told PTI that over 60 people protesting against the felling of trees have been detained.