Police override BMC, decide to teach illegal hawkers in Ghatkopar a lesson
In the 62-second video clip, cops are seen throwing vegetables from the baskets of hawkers on Hingwala Lane in Ghatkopar East
The brutality of the Mumbai police reared its ugly head after a shocking new viral video showed cops mercilessly throw and kick veggies of illegal hawkers on Hingwala Lane in Ghatkopar East.
In the 62-second video, which was allegedly shot on July 10, police officers are seen strolling along the lane, before attacking illegal hawkers and dumping all their vegetables on the street. No hawkers are seen in the video, as they are likely to have escaped from the spot.
The police, however, justified the action claiming that the hawkers weren't paying heed to repeated warnings. "Hundreds of hawkers occupy this lane making it difficult for pedestrians and motorists to use the stretch in the evening. We received many complaints and also forwarded them to the BMC, but the situation didn't change," said a cop from Pant Nagar police station, on condition of anonymity.
"Often, residents blame the police for not taking any action against these hawkers and claim we are sheltering them," the officer added, while justifying the tough measure.
DCP (Zone 7) Sachin Patil was unavailable for comment.