BMC plans intimidatory tactics to break protest

Mumbai : Frustrated with the residents’ efforts to stall its move to cut the water and electric connections, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with the help of the Mumbai police, is devising a plan to get though the protesters.

In a first, the BMC is planning to arrest three to four female residents to instill a sense of fear in them. This was decided at a discussion between officers of the BMC outside the Additional Municipal Commissioner Mohan Adtani’s cabin at the BMC’s head office.

The discussion took place between Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Anand Waghralkar and G South Ward Officer, Keshav Ubale and two other officers on Saturday afternoon after they returned from Campa Cola to the head office. In the discussion, Waghralkar said, “If we arrest a few women of the Campa Cola compound, the fear and apprehension of going to jail will probably weaken them. It will give us a good chance to carry out the disconnections on Monday. When we threatened to arrest them today, they were positively shaken,.” He added: “The police will cooperate with us and act upon our complaint swiftly.”

The BMC officials, pleased with their plan, then entered the cabin of Adtani. While the BMC was devising its plans, the Campa residents were coming up with their own machinations.

“We have divided the  secretaries into three teams. If one team is by chance arrested, the other two will remain behind to carry out the protest. We are also going to have a meeting with all the residents today and decide our next step,” a resident of Campa Cola compound said.

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