Mumbai: Matunga Police Forced To Remove 2 Benches Frequented By Lovers After CCTV Footage Shows Them Engaging In Inappropriate Behaviour

Mumbai: Matunga Police Forced To Remove 2 Benches Frequented By Lovers After CCTV Footage Shows Them Engaging In Inappropriate Behaviour

Matunga police removed public benches as they became meeting place for insurance agents, small businessmen besides doubling up as lovers' point.

Megha KuchikUpdated: Friday, December 01, 2023, 07:57 PM IST
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The Matunga police were compelled to remove two benches installed by them in the premises of the beat chowki located opposite to the east side of the Dadar railway station. Intended for social good, the benches had to be cleared as they turned into a nuisance spot.

The cops had made the seating arrangement for the public visiting the areas nearby the Swaminarayan Temple which is a stone's throw away from the station. The police thought that the visitors or passengers alighting at Dadar, who happened to wait for somebody, could rest on the benches till their acquaintances arrived. However, the spot soon became a meeting place for insurance agents, an open-air office for small businessmen and also doubled up as a lovers' point where some showed public display of affection.

Vijay Gohil

Criminals & couples, main reasons for removal of benches

According to a source from the Matunga police station, those sitting on the benches caused problems. While passengers used to wait for their near and dear ones without issues, criminals and couples were the main reasons leading to the removal of benches. The lovers would engage in inappropriate behaviour at night, which was caught on CCTV, said the source, adding that another issue was people discussing business and filling forms on the benches. When something went wrong, the complainants simply said that the incident took place around the beat chowki.

Vijay Gohil

The removal of benches has not gone down well with an insurance agent who used them to meet clients. Now, he has to brave the sun to do his job. Likewise, a Mira Road man, who is into import business but doesn't have an office, bemoaned the removal of benches, sitting on which he held talks with professional acquaintances.

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