GBGB: Edited video of Sathe Nagar demolition in 2010
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This video, shot and edited by activists of the Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, documents the demolition of Anna Bhau Sathe Nagar on May 12, 2010. Anna Bhau Sathe Nagar, a slum settlement of approximately 3,000 families, lies in the north-eastern suburb of Mankhurd in Mumbai. It is named after the famous lok shahir
(folk poet), and most people living here are from Dalit and minority communities.
See raw footage here
"Anna Bhau Sathe Nagar is a slum in the name of great dalit lok shahir (poet), Anna Bhau Sathe. It is locate on Ghatkopar-Mankhurd link road, housing around 3,000 families, predominantly belonging to dalit and minority community.
Government of Maharashtra, with the purpose of benefitting real estate mafia, tried to demolish and evict the residents forcibly starting on 12th May."
Anna Bhau Sathe Nagar
12th May, 11am
Shri Dhananjay Savalkar arrives with large police force for demolition of Anna Bhau Sathe Nagar slum, Mankhurd.
"Officials from Revenue department paste a "Public Notice" directing the slum dwellers to vacate the slum within 24 hours, otherwise they would be forcibly evicted and criminal cases would be filed against them.
- 12th May, 4:30 pm
13th May - much before 24 hours of the "public notice"..."
"The threat of eviction as well as the struggle against it continues..."
Crowd is shouting slogans..
We will fight, we will win.
We are going to tell about all that happened with us in 2 days.. the truth of all that has happened with us.. please keep quiet.. there was no notice given to us and we were told to collect proof in a few days..
They fought with us and told us that why is your door always closed? Are you trying to break it all down? Sir is on a leave and will come in a few days.. we came back and went again in a few days.. we asked to meet him and he didn't allow us to meet.. we went time and again and asked to meet him and they said it will take 7-8 days more.. they said the demolition won't happen now.. it won't happen this year - they said..
They said there is no demolition this year.. it will take a week for your application to go.. we will change the gutter line in a few days.. we heard them and came back but the next day in the morning the police slowly started to come... we don't even have a bathroom here...
Whatever has been said by madam now.. they have told us to do a survey.. we are citizens of India.. it is not our fault.. we have all the rights to live in India..
We will do the development of Mumbai.. we will do something to feed our children... we don't indulge in fraud.. Medha has to apply for the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections...
People can't stay in these 2 feet flats.. these are very small rooms.. we have applied to give a room of atleast 4 feet..
Audience claps again.
Medha Patkar: They razed with bulldozers without giving any prior notice. The deputy collector - Dhananjay Sawant - telling him everything about the notice not being given and telling him and that it is illegal..
Medha Patkar: People have been killed and hurt. Their legs have been fractured. Police hit people with lathis on their head. Even an old lady had been attacked. This is illegal. False allegations had been made on us.
Medha Patkar: They will raze houses further. We have to stop them - that is our first duty. It is the duty of the police to maintain law and order.
"Visthapan Virodhi Yatra...slum dwellers lead their struggle against forced eviction in and around Sathe Nagar, demanding their Right to housing and declaring that their elected representatives - MLA and MP, are absconding."
"The struggle against forced eviction continues with Shramdaan efforts among the slum dwellers to re-build ravaged houses and attempts to access bare minimum necessaries for survival..."