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Khairnar to continue demolition drive

MUMBAI, MAY 15. The Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mr. G. R. Khairnar, today said he would continue his job of removing illegal structures in the city notwithstanding physical attacks on him or resistance from the hawkers and hutment dwellers.

Mr. Khairnar, who sustained an injury in the leg after being roughed up by some angry hawkers on Saturday, told PTI today ``while doing such risky jobs, there is bound to be a threat from anti-social elements who may not even be directly connected with the hawking''.

``I am continuing with my drive against unauthorised structures and it is job of the city police to give me protection if they feel so. I am hesitant to ask any such facilities, it is they (police) who have to decide about the security of the people who take up such risks in cleaning the city'', he said.

The corporation has deployed commandos and police force near Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus and BMC building with additional help from Central Railway Police Force to make a success of Mr. Khairnar's demolition drive against encroachments.The untiring Mr. Khairnar, who is being given extension by the city fathers, today served an ultimatum to pavement dwellers residing in suburbs of the city.

- PTI

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