MUMBAI: The Ghatkopar police on Wednesday booked 40 to 45 residents of Ghatkopar after they allegedly opposed the government’s move to reserve 30 beds in a trust’s boys hostel in Ghatkopar under The Hindu Mahasabha hospital as quarantine for Covid patients.
Based on the complaints of BMC the Ghatkopar police booked the residents neighbouring buildings of Vidhyarthigraha at Ghatkopar west under the IPC sections of 188 and 269 of Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant and Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life. According to the source, the BMC officials headed by deputy commissioner Vijay Balamvar, the ward officer Ajitkumar Ambi and MLA Parag Shah along with the Ghatkopar police had gone to inspect the boy’s hostel at Virji Ladha building which is boy’s hostel.
The quarantine centre was to be supervised under The Hindu Mahasabha hospital. “As per the BMC order 30 beds were reserved for quarantine for Covid patients and the officials wanted to inspect it. When the BMC officials team were getting down the building when around 40 to 50 people assembled their and protested,” said an official
When police told them to disperse as assembling of so many people at one go was illegal, they did not even maintain the social distancing and they refused to go and tried to intervene in the government’s work.
Police said that most of these residents have been identified through the CCTV cameras in the adjoining buildings and they will soon initiate their arrest.