Mumbai Municipal Corporation illegally removes Cross,Christians demand arrest of Ugade for Blasphemy
WE DEMAND ARREST OF SHRI SHARAD UGADE, ASSISTANT MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER H WEST WARD, BMC, FOR BLASPHEMY.
On behalf of the entire Christian Community, we hereby register our strongest protest and displeasure against the Assistant Municipal Commissioner Shri Sharad Ughade, who has illegally and deliberately by taking law in his own hands with the help of Staff of H West Ward, BMC along with Police Protection from Bandra West Police Station intentioanlly demolished the Holy Cross ( erected in or about 1895) with a Bulldozer with an intent to damage/defile the place of worship which is held sacred by Christians thereby insulting the religion of Christians with clear knowledge by doing so he and others would insult the Christian Community.
The said Holy Cross is situated on a private land being Plot No.38 situate at C.S. No.A/650 near Dmonte Street and Bazar Road, Bandra West Mumbai 400 050.
The notice issued on 26th April 2017 Assistant Municipal Commissioner Sharad Ughade gives reference to Public Interesdt Litigation No.104 of 2010 pending Hon'ble Bombay High Court. This PIL only relates to religious structures on public property. As such the notice in question issued to the said Holy Cross had no application to the said Holy Cross since same is constrcuted on a private property. The Owner /the Community Organisations had written/replied few days to the said notice and even met Shri Sharad Ughade with documentary evidence including Revenue Plan/Property Card and expalined the legal position.
However, today at about 10.30 am Assistant Municipal Commissioner Sharad Ughade along with staff of H/WEst Ward along with Police Officials arrived at the site, but the locals vehemently opposed the said illegal and deliberate demolition but Shri Ugade was adamant even quoted that "Humne EK Mandir Toda Hai to ek Cross bhi todna padega". Thereafter Sharad Ughade along with staff of H/WEst Ward along with Police Officials demolished the said Holy Cross. ( photographs atatched )
This is nothing but blasphemy. An ouragiously ridiculous reasoning which not only defies law of land but does not appeal to reason. This wanton and deliberate action on the part of Sharad Ughade and H/West Staff. How can a responsible Public Servant make such an irresponsible statement in full public view. This statement by Shri Ugade has been knowingly made by him disobeying the law thereby casued injury to the members of the Christian Community.
This is record that one Mr. Kaka Shidu Maske, AMC had filed a detailed Affidavit in Writ Peition No.2063 of 2002, giving therein detailed list of alleged illegal relgious structures and shrines, wherein 67 such structures have been then noticed by BMC in H/West Ward, but nowhere the Holy Cross mentioned above and which has been demolished today figures. it cannot figure for simple reason that the said Holy Cross was on private property.
As such we kindly request you to immediately file an FIR against Sharad Ughade and H/West Staff and also request hon'ble Municipal Commissioner to suspend Sharad Ughade and H/West Staff, who have conspired with each other with common intention and offence be registered under Sections, 34, 120B, 166, 295, 298, 425, 441 and 506 of IPC.
We are alive of the facts that some local Politicians will now rush to the hon'ble Chief Minister to smooth the ruffled feathers.
We hereby demand that the cost of re-erection of this Holy Cross may be recovered from the salary of Sharad Ughade and concerned H/West Staff.
IN CASE OF YOUR FAILURE TO TAKE ACTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW, WE WILL BE CONSTRAINED TO TAKE FURTHER ACTIONS AS DEEMED FIT.
1.Bombay Cathollic Sabha
3. Bombay East Indian Association
Adv. Vivian D'Souza
4. Save Our Land
Dolphy D'Souza/Greg Pereira/Stanley Fernandes