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Maharashtra jawans go from Gateway of India to backyard

Last Updated: Friday, November 20, 2009 - 16:40

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: After uproar over the deplorable living conditions of policemen guarding the city, the Maharashtra govt on Friday evicted them from the Gate of India but instead of providing them decent accommodation, stuffed them into a police station’s backyard.

Thirty State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) jawans were staying at the Gateway of India following their deployment to protect the Taj hotel, which bore the brunt of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

As per a media report, today morning policemen from the Colaba police station evicted the jawans from Gateway and ‘accommodated’ them into a small room in the backyard of their police station.

The untidy room, with broken doors is now going to be the abode those who are expected to defend the seven-star Hotel Taj.

Although, jawans were not willing to speak on the record, it is clear that they would have preferred the openness of the airy gateway than the dingy room they are being hoarded into.

Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil had earlier visited the
spot and directed that tents be provided for the jawans who
were using the monument premises as living quarters in absence
of proper accommodation for the last two months.

Meanwhile, commenting on the issue, Chief Minister Ashok
Chavan said there was scarcity of accommodation for policemen,
but the state government was taking measures to rectify the

First Published: Friday, November 20, 2009 - 16:40
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