Update: Priyanka Chaturvedi was released at Samta Nagar Police station.
Following the protests at Aarey Colony over the felling of trees, Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi has been detained by Mumbai police near the site of Aarey Colony. In the visuals above, it can be seen that the Shiv Sena leader was arguing with the police who tried to whisk her away as she spoke to the media. Chaturvedi also tweeted saying she was forcibly evicted by the cops as she tried to enter the vicinity of the site. She said that the Mumbai Police had blocked all entries to Aarey. She added that the Mumbai Police did not inform her where she was being taking her.
I have been forcibly evicted by the cops and I wasn’t even breaking the law! The cops in the car wont even tell me where I am being taken ... this is insane @MumbaiPolice— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) October 5, 2019
Earlier on Saturday, Section 144 was imposed in the area from the entrance into Aarey to Marol Maroshi Road. Protests in Aarey colony broke out after the authorities from Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) started cutting trees in the area following Bombay High Court's dismissal of all petitions challenging the felling of trees. Of over 2,600 trees which are to be felled, 200 had been cut by Friday night, activists alleged. Videos of tree-felling went viral on social media. The protest was supported by members of Aam Aadmi Party as well as Shiv Sena leaders including scion Aaditya Thackeray, who criticised the move in a series of tweets.
In a setback to environmental activists, the Bombay High Court on Friday refused to declare Aarey colony a forest and also declined to quash the BMC tree authority's decision allowing felling of over 2,600 trees in the suburban green zone to pave way for a metro car shed. A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre dismissed four petitions filed by NGOs and environmental activists on issues related to the Aarey Colony in Goregaon, a major green lung of the metropolis.
One of the pleas filed by the city-based NGO Vanshakti sought that Aarey is declared a forest and ecologically sensitive zone, while another petition by green activist Zoru Bathena pleaded the area be given the status of a floodplain. Two separate petitions were filed by Bathena and Shiv Sena corporator Yashwant Jadhav, challenging the decision of the BMC tree authority permitting the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) to cut 2,656 trees to construct a metro car shed in Aarey colony.