On Tuesday, huge crowds thronged to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, even as the city poured like anything. The crowds had gathered to protest the demolition of Dr BR Ambedkar’s office in Dadar, in June.
They were demanding the arrest of Ratnakar Gaikwad, Maharashtra’s Chief Information Commissioner and members of the People’s Improvement Trust (PIT) responsible for the demolition.
The protest was led by Ambedkar’s grandson, Prakash Ambedkar, who has filed an FIR at the Bhoiwada police station. The PIT’s chief Ratnkar Gaikwad argued that the demolition of the dilapidated office in Dadar was necessary to redevelop the land into a 17-storey structure.
The entire area had two buildings: one is allegedly Prakash Amebdkar’s office and the other the place from where PIT operated. Meanwhile the MCGM stated that they had nothing to do with the demolition.
The protest started at 12.30 pm from Rani Baug (Byculla) with Ambedkar grandsons Anandraj Ambedkar and PrakashAmbedkar who received strong support from the party members as well as the supporters all over the city and state. Most of all of South Bombay roads were blocked and motorists were being redirected to alternative routes, even amidst heavy police arrangements.
The city chief of Republican Sena Ramesh Jadhav while speaking to Free Press Journal stated, “It has been 24 days and we are still awaiting action and arrest of Ratnakar Gaikwad, State’s chief information commissioner and other members of PIT responsible for the demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan.”