A day after protests at the site of proposed Metro car shed in Aarey Colony, Mumbai over the tree-felling by authorities of MMRCL (Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited), there is a heavy police presence on Sunday as well. As seen in the video above, the road leading to the Aarey colony has been lined with heavy security. The entry is only being allowed only to locals. The police officials are checking the identification card of those wanting to enter Aarey to ensure they are locals. Section 144 continues to be imposed in the area. Apart from the Mumbai police, there is also SRPF keeping vigil in the area. The increase in security also comes on a day when VBA's Prakash Ambedkar is believed to visit the area.
Owing to the heavy police presence, there is no information on whether tree-felling at Aarey is still happening at the site. The activists claim that at least 1500 trees have been felled. The tree felling had begun on Friday evening and was it was assumed that 300 trees were cut on the day. This led to protests from locals and activists who broke down the barricade of the site proposed for the car shed. Twenty-nine protestors have been detained by the police on Saturday.
Meanwhile, as the Maharashtra assembly polls get closer, the situation is being used as a political arena by the Shiv Sena, BJP and Congress. Shiv Sena which is BJP's ally at the Centre and for the state assembly polls, has opposed the tree-felling for the Metro car shed. Yuva Shiv Sena president and CM-aspirant Aaditya Thackeray tweeted against the move, while leader Priyanka Chaturvedi was detained by the police at the site on Saturday. Congress has also opposed the tree-felling and questioned Shiv Sena's 'hypocrisy' over the matter.