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Aarey: All protesters released from jail

Police allow vehicles to pass through Aaray forest after prohibitory orders were relaxed in the area on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Bate

All 29 protesters, arrested for allegedly obstructing and assaulting police personnel during felling of trees at the Aarey Colony in Mumbai, have been released from jail after being granted bail, officials said on Monday.

A court in Mumbai on Sunday ordered the release of protesters on certain conditions, including production of personal surety of ₹7,000 and assurance that they would not take part in protests.

Following the court order, 24 of the protesters, lodged in Thane Central Jail, were released in the wee hours of Monday, a police official said. Beside, five women protesters, who were lodged in the Byculla Jail here, were also set free after completion of the legal formalities.

Clashes broke out in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony early on Saturday after activists tried to stop the felling of trees for a Metro project.

Clashes broke out in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony early on Saturday after activists tried to stop the felling of trees for a Metro project.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Bate

 

The arrests were made on Friday and Saturday after clashes broke out between the police and green activists opposing axing of trees by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) in the Aarey Colony.

Meanwhile, the police also relaxed prohibitory orders, imposed under Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) Section 144 in Aarey Colony and surrounding areas.

“We have not lifted Section 144 completely, but relaxed it, allowing residents of the area to enter or move out. But, action will be taken if we find any unlawful assembly or anyone breaking law in Aarey,” Mumbai Police spokesperson Pranay Ashok said.

The police imposed Section 144 in the area on Saturday, following protests by activists against the felling of trees in the green zone to make way for a Metro car shed.

In a related development, the Supreme Court on Monday restrained authorities from cutting anymore trees in the area.

A special bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Ashok Bhushan said it will have to examine the entire thing and posted the matter for hearing on October 21 before its forest bench.

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