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Mumbai: Tax defaulter booked for unlocking sealed shop

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Mira Bhayandar: Sleuths of the Navghar police have registered an FIR against a Bhayandar-based trader for illegally unlocking a commercial establishment which had been sealed by the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) due to non-payment of property tax arrears.

While a FIR under Section 353 of the IPC has been registered against the illegal occupier, no arrests have been made so far into the case, police said.

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According to municipal authorities, they had sealed the premises of Maharaja Sports located in the Doshi Udyog Nagar area of Bhayandar (east) owing to an outstanding of Rs 81,910 towards property tax which had remained unpaid despite several notices and reminders. In his complaint to the police, ward officer Sunil Yadav has stated, “We had no other option but to seal  the property. However, during a  follow-up to ensure that the defaulters had cleared their arrears, we found the premises to be unlocked and occupied in an unlawful manner.”

When contacted, Senior Police Inspector Shrikant Padule said, “Based on the complaint filed by municipal officials, we have registered a FIR. Investigations were on into the case and appropriate action would follow.” To mop-up maximum tax dues, the civic administration has intensified its recovery drive by initiating harsh measures against defaulters including attachment of properties and disconnection of water connections. All the six zonal offices of the MBMC have been allotted a specific time-bound recovery plan by civic chief Dr. Naresh Gite, sources said.