Mumbai, September 30: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday directed the state home department to immediately start the procedure to withdraw cases registered against citizens who had protested against felling of trees for the construction of the proposed metro car-shed in Mumbai's Aarey Colony. Days after taking charge as chief minister in November last year, Uddhav Thackeray had assured the cases against Aarey activists would be withdrawn.
Clashes broke out between the police and green activists opposing axing of trees by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) in Aarey Colony early October last year for construction of a metro car shed for the Metro-3 line. Subsequently, police had charged at least 38 protesters under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from duty) and 143 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code. Farm Laws: Uddhav Thackeray Govt Stays August Order on Implementation of New Farm-Related Legislations in Maharashtra.
Of them, 29 protesters, including six women, were arrested when some of them allegedly tried to obstruct the police personnel at Aarey Colony from discharging their duty and manhandling them. A sessions court had on October 6, 2019, granted conditional bail to 29 protesters.