In the aftermath of clashes related to the ‘pran pratishtha’ ceremony of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Mumbai’s Mira Road suburb witnessed a significant response as bulldozers, accompanied by a substantial police and security force, targeted “illegal” constructions. The move, inspired by an experiment initiated by the Uttar Pradesh government and adopted by several BJP-led states, is aimed at addressing criminal activities, despite ongoing debates about the authority and legality of such actions.
Approximately 15 “illegal” properties in the area are being demolished, and videos circulating on social media captured incidents on both Sunday evening and Monday afternoon. The clashes erupted as a Shri Ram Shobha Yatra procession, featuring vehicles adorned with saffron flags, was passing through Mira Road’s Naya Nagar area. A group attacked the procession with stones, resulting in injuries and damage to vehicles.
Police responded by arresting over a dozen individuals by Monday night, emphasizing their commitment to maintaining law and order. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis warned of severe consequences for anyone attempting to disrupt the state’s stability. He assured that strict action had been taken against the accused, with 13 individuals already detained and efforts underway to identify others through CCTV footage.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Jayant Bajbale explained that the conflict originated when individuals from the Hindu community were raising slogans in vehicles. An argument ensued between the Hindu and Muslim communities, prompting the immediate intervention of the police. Bajbale emphasized that the situation was brought under control, and a flag march was conducted to restore order.
The bulldozing of “illegal” encroachments in Mumbai follows a broader initiative against criminal activities, marking a significant response to the recent clashes in the city.