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300 police posts in Mumbai illegal, unauthorised

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Mumbai: Police posts in Mumbai are breaking the law. More than 300 police posts (beat chowkies) in the city have no sanction either from the home department or the municipal corporation.

 

 

Around 21 police posts have been built from funds provided by builders and private companies. That’s the startling fact Mumbai resident Indur Kartar Chhugani got from the state Home Ministry after filing a Right to Information (RTI) application.

 

 

"These chowkies have been constructed without BMC permissions and they do not pay municipal tax. They steal power from nearby shops, buildings or lamp-posts and many of them have been funded by some builder or with someone with a vested interest," says Chhugani.

 

The Home ministry has neither funded nor given approval to any beat chowkie in Mumbai. No information on approval received for these chowkies from the municipal ward office.

 

 

Chhugani has filed a public interest litigation before the Bombay high court that these beat chowkies be demolished. "How will any complaint ever get registered against these builders or goons who sponsor these chowkies?" he says.

 

300 police posts in Mumbai illegal, unauthorised

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