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Aarey Protest LIVE: 38 Arrested, 55 Detained for Stir Against Tree-Axing, Aaditya Thackeray Takes Potshot at PM | October 5, 2019, 6:31 PM IST
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Aarey Protest LIVE: A Mumbai court on Saturday rejected the bail application filed by 29 activists who were arrested for protesting the felling of trees in north Mumbai's Aarey Colony. The activists have been sent to judicial custody till Monday. Till now, 38 people have been arrested and 55 people have been detained by the police.

The Bombay High Court, meanwhile, rejected a fresh plea filed by activists for a stay on felling of trees in Aarey, a day after the HC gave its nod to the cutting down of Mumbai’s ‘green lung’ despite vociferous protests.
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Oct 5, 2019 6:04 pm (IST)

According to Mumbai police, till now 38 people have been arrested and 55 have been detained for protesting against the felling of Aarey trees in Mumbai.  

Oct 5, 2019 5:56 pm (IST)

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray attacks the police or detaining citizens and arresting youth for standing with the environment. 

Oct 5, 2019 5:51 pm (IST)

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray says his government will punsh the murderers of Aarey forest after coming to power. 

Oct 5, 2019 4:58 pm (IST)

"The Tree Authority (of the municipal corporation) permission was issued on September 13. HC has dismissed four petitions and has imposed fine of Rs 50,000 for a frivolous petition," MMRC MD said. "While their own actions are illegal, they cry foul. If you lose a battle in court, better to accept it honourably than to take it to street," she tweeted.

Oct 5, 2019 4:57 pm (IST)

No Fresh Notice Needed for Tree Cutting in Aarey, Says MMRC MD | Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) dismissed green activists' contention on Saturday that a fresh notice was needed before cutting trees in Aarey Colony after the Bombay High Court dismissed petitions opposing it. Protests broke out in Aarey Colony in north Mumbai on Friday night after MMRC started cutting trees for construction of a car shed for Mumbai Metro's phase III. MMRC Managing Director Ashwini Bhide, in a series of tweets, said the activists should accept their defeat in the court "honorably".

Oct 5, 2019 4:47 pm (IST)

Actor Dia Mirza expresses her disappointment at the detention of young nature lovers who were protesting the felling of Aarey trees and calls for translocation of the trees. 

Oct 5, 2019 4:42 pm (IST)

Bollywood director Karan Johar calls the felling of Aarey trees a "massacre". 

Oct 5, 2019 4:23 pm (IST)

Bail Application of Aarey Protesters Rejected | Bail application of 29 protesters arrested for opposing Arey tree cutting has been rejected. All of them have been sent to judicial custody till the next date of hearing on Monday (October 7).

Oct 5, 2019 4:17 pm (IST)

Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani attacks the BJP and Shiv Sena for felling of Aarey trees in Mumbai, says this is happening just days after PM Modi talked about combatting climate change in UN. 

Oct 5, 2019 4:06 pm (IST)

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam says Shiv Sena should stop its lip service against cutting of Aarey trees in Mumbai as it is being done by the BMC, which is under Sena's control. 

Oct 5, 2019 3:54 pm (IST)

HC Refuses Stay on Cutting of Trees in Aarey Colony | The Bombay High Court on Saturday refused to grant stay on cutting of trees in Mumbai's prominent green lung, Aarey Colony, to make way for a metro car shed. A few green activists moved a fresh application on Saturday seeking stay on the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL's) action of chopping 2656 trees in the area. 

Oct 5, 2019 3:35 pm (IST)

A visual from the site where trees are being felled in Aarey Colony, Mumbai.

Oct 5, 2019 3:23 pm (IST)

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt extends her support to the protesters and says, "We need to protect nature like life depends on it. Because it does."

Oct 5, 2019 3:22 pm (IST)

Bombay HC Rejects Plea Seeking Stay | Bombay HC has rejected a fresh plea of activists seeking stay on tree cutting in Aarey Colony. The activists will now move the Supreme Court in the matter. Meanwhile, the is slated to be heard at the National Green Tribunal on October 10.

Oct 5, 2019 3:19 pm (IST)

Actress Rakul Singh comes out in support of Aarey protestters saying cutting Aarey Forest "is like adding fuel to the fire!"

Oct 5, 2019 3:17 pm (IST)

"Alas,this is the world we live in. One without a moral compass & conscience. God help us all!" says actress Pooja Batt about the felling of trees in Aarey.

Oct 5, 2019 3:04 pm (IST)

State Govt Should Clear Stance on Environment: Supriya Sule | The Maharashtra government should clear its stand on Environment and Sustainable Development, says NCP leader Supriya Sule.

Oct 5, 2019 2:49 pm (IST)

It's a Shame Protesters Have Been Booked: Aaditya Thackeray | Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray took to Twitter and condemned the arrest of protesters. He said that India will be hypocritical at the UN if that was done.

Oct 5, 2019 2:38 pm (IST)

Schoolchildren Plant Over 350 Trees | Meanwhile, school students planted more than 350 tree saplings near the Jogeshwari station in Mumbai as part of the ongoing "Joy of Giving Week" organised by Western Railway. 

Oct 5, 2019 2:21 pm (IST)

Nirupam further said, "The govt should respect the concerns of the people, I dont think that any human will be agreeing to cut down the trees, Shiv Sena does not support but does not say anything, they stand with the BJP party."

Oct 5, 2019 2:20 pm (IST)

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam condemned the felling of trees, saying, "I know that whole Mumbai is against the cutting of trees. The matter was in Bombay HC and they dismissed the petition, what was the urgency to cut the trees overnight, I condemn the action taken by the police, I was told that that the activists were detained. Section 144 has been imposed in the area looks like a emergency has been imposed. I stand with the activists and the people of Mumbai."

Oct 5, 2019 2:12 pm (IST)

Comparing with Delhi, Javadekar argues, "In Delhi, 271 metro stations have been made and tree cover has also increased. This is development and preservation of nature."

Oct 5, 2019 2:11 pm (IST)

Union Minister of Environment Prakash Javadekar says, "Bombay HC has ruled that it's not a forest. When the first Delhi metro station was to be constructed, 20-25 trees were to be cut, people had protested then too, but for each tree cut, five trees were planted."

Oct 5, 2019 1:25 pm (IST)

An activist is seen hugging a tree in at the entrance to Aarey Colony where Marol Maroshi Road has been blocked for protesters. 

Oct 5, 2019 1:22 pm (IST)

Video shows trees being cut in the Aarey Colony of Mumbai which is cordoned off for protesters.

Oct 5, 2019 1:21 pm (IST)

'We  Will See What to do About Murderers of Trees': Uddhav Thackeray | Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray says that he will take a press conference on Aarey exclusively later on "as it is an important issue and we won't let it go". "Our government is going to come to power soon and we will see what to do about these murderers of trees," he adds.

Oct 5, 2019 1:05 pm (IST)

Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan tweeted, "Mumbai has done enough for the people in power to realise cutting down aarey is something the citizens don’t want."

Oct 5, 2019 1:03 pm (IST)

Cutting trees in Aarey Colony is "like repeatedly stabbing yourself in the lungs!" says Milind Deora.

Oct 5, 2019 12:50 pm (IST)

Shive Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi is seen outside Samta Nagar police station in Mumbai.

Oct 5, 2019 12:45 pm (IST)

'Why Not During Broad Daylight?' | Aaditya Thackeray questions why cutting of trees was not done in broad daylight even after the Mumbai Metro got the Bombay High Court's nod.

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Aarey Protest LIVE: 38 Arrested, 55 Detained for Stir Against Tree-Axing, Aaditya Thackeray Takes Potshot at PM

Section 144 was imposed and roads leading to Aarey blocked as protesters escalated their fight, a day after the court gave its nod to the felling of over 2,500 trees for the Metro project.

On Friday, the high court refused to recognise Aarey as a forest, allowing the authorities to cut down trees for construction of a shed for the Mumbai Metro. The authorities soon complied, with activists complaining that about 200 trees were cut down in a late-night operation.

The Aarey battle soon took a political turn as not only the Opposition, but BJP’s Maharashtra ally Shiv Sena also attacked the government for the decision. Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi was among those detained by the police. Reacting to the development, party chief Uddhav Thackeray said: “Our government is going to come to power soon and we will see what to do about these murderers of trees.”

His son and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, who has decided to take the political plunge in the upcoming Maharashtra elections on October 21, also slammed the move and said: “The vigour with which the @MumbaiMetro3 is slyly and swiftly cutting down an ecosystem in Aarey is shameful and disgusting. How about posting these officials in PoK, giving them charge to destroy terror camps rather than trees?”

Amid the furore, Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar drew parallels between Delhi and Mumbai. “The Bombay High Court has ruled that Aarey is not a forest. When the first Delhi metro station was to be constructed, 20-25 trees were cut. People had protested then too, but for each tree cut, five trees were planted.”

The Aarey colony, measuring 1,287 hectares and located adjoining the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, is known as a major green lung of the metropolis. Several Bollywood personalities and politicians had also extended their support to the activists protesting against the feeling of trees in Aarey.

On September 20, the Maharashtra government had told the court that Aarey cannot be declared a forest just because of its greenery.

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited had argued in court that the project was of paramount importance for the city. "Every day 10 persons die due to overcrowding in local suburban trains. The Metro project will ease the pressure from the trains," MMRCL counsel Ashutosh Kumbhakoni had said.
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