Over 1200 houses constructed on Tribal land and Reserved forest land in Kashimira (Mira Bhayandar municipal council) were demolished on Sunday 20,May 2012.The areas affected were-Minakshinagar, Mashachapada and Dachkulpada. Over 500 municipal workers and 13 JCB machines completed the job in 3 hours. The occupiers were earlier given a notice. The Municipal authorities were opposed by a crowd of 2000 people but they were soon pacified and told to collect their belongings after which the houses were demolished. The locals claimed that they had paid the local politician Jyotsna Hansnale (NCP),Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 to allow them to construct the houses. Mira Bhayander is headed for elections in August and this demolition is sure to make a difference in the outcome.
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