Hawkers at Ghatkopar display hooliganism; Clash with the police officials

When the officials started clearing them, the hawkers started hurling abuses against the officials and started pushing them. When the police arrived, the hawkers pushed them too

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Hawkers in Mumbai have been directed by the Bombay High Court to not conduct hawking business within 150 metres of the railway station. However, the order has no effect on the hawkers who tend to conduct their sales despite repeated warnings. In addition, the hawkers are seen behaving rashly people as well officials who ask them to leave the spot. 

On January 4, the police and officials had decided to clear the hawkers near Ghatkopar station but they faced a clash with them after the hawkers resorted to hooligan activities. Accordingly, as a result, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials along with police have decided to take stern action against them.   

After the Elphinstone Road incident, Bombay High Court had ordered the clearance of hawkers within 150 metres of the railway station area and had stated that if they are seen hawking again, action would be taken against them. Similarly, on Thursday, the police and BMC officials had gone to take action against these unauthorised hawkers.

When they started clearing them, the hawkers started hurling abuses against the officials and started pushing them. When the police arrived, the hawkers pushed them too and therefore, they filed a complaint against three of them.

Currently, one hawker has been detained whereas the search for the other two is ongoing. 

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