BRUTAL POLICE LATHI-CHARGE AND ARREST, MEDHA PATKAR AMONG THOSE ARRESTED
Wednesday, 25th March 2009
About 300 slum dwellers, along with activists Medha Patkar, Simpreet Singh, were arrested in Mumbai today evening. More than a thousand slum evictees were protesting in front of the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) building. They were protesting against atrocities and corruption by the builders in the name of slum rehabilitation. After a dialogue with the MHADA, Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) and Mantralaya officials, the representatives were about to go and meet the collector at 3 p.m. when the police suddenly lathi-charged without any announcement or warning and began arrest.