Mumbai: Lawyer and Mumbai seashore clean-up crusader Afroz Shah was allegedly detained by Tilak Nagar police late evening on Tuesday for round two hours in suburban Chembur on fees of ferrying stranded migrant employees.
Shah, who caught the general public creativeness a few years in the past for his stellar work in a solo clean-up drive of Mumbai’s Versova seashore, has been seen shifting in and across the metropolis to feed and ferry migrant employees in the course of the lockdown restrictions, which had been enforced from March 25 to comprise the unfold of raging coronavirus illness (Covid-19) outbreak.
He’s additionally feeding stray canine and cats amid lockdown four:zero that got here into impact from Monday and can be in place until Could 31.
On Tuesday evening, Shah tagged Mumbai Police and the police commissioner, Param Bir Singh, and recounted the trauma that led him to quickly droop his charitable actions.
“Detained for ferrying migrant employees to their vacation spot in Mumbai. God bless this nation,” he tweeted.
He adopted it up with a extra elaborate tweet: “Harassed for 2 hours by Tilak Nagar police. Taken to the police station … let off by saying please depart… suspending all my actions to assist the poorest of the poor… sorry migrants… the system doesn’t permit me to give you the results you want. Damaged coronary heart… damaged soul… I cry and I’m in ache.”
Shah mentioned that he was detained at round 12 am whereas he was serving to migrants, who had been strolling from Byculla to Ghatkopar, a distance of round 16 kilometres, to catch a bus again to their native place in Uttar Pradesh (UP).
“I used to be on the freeway between Thane and Nashik, ferrying, and offering meals for migrant employees for the higher half on Tuesday. I returned to Mumbai late at evening and needed to assist these searching for a free meal. Initially, I got here throughout a gaggle of round Eight-10 folks at Mulund examine submit, who needed to succeed in Byculla. These folks got here from Bhiwandi to Mumbai searching for some odd jobs. I dropped them to their vacation spot. Whereas taking a U-turn, I noticed one other group of round 40 folks, who had been strolling in direction of LBS (Lal Bahadur Shastri) Marg in Ghatkopar from the place they had been to board a bus for UP. I took round eight of them in my pick-up truck and advised the others that I’d come again to ferry them. Police stopped me on LBS Marg. Two on-duty constables abused and heckled me. I advised them to file an FIR (First Data Report) towards me, if I’ve dedicated any crime, as I’ve been attempting to assist the poor. My volunteer Faizan and I had been taken to Tilak Nagar police station. The police refused to file an FIR and unnecessarily detained us for about two hours,” he alleged.
Shah has been hitting the roads for 16 hours each day to assist stranded migrant employees in the course of the lockdown restrictions whereas observing quick in the course of the Holy month of Ramzan.
The Good Samaritan has been hailed on social media for serving to the poor and needy in the course of the lockdown restrictions.
“An enormous humanitarian disaster is unfolding in entrance of our eyes. Although my mom has been warning me that I’m placing myself at grave threat by exposing myself to the viral outbreak, I can not merely sit idle at house. I would like to assist my fellow residents,” he added.
Sashikumar Mina, deputy commissioner of police, Zone 6, has promised to look into Shah’s allegations.