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Mumbai illegal constructions: Social activist says he was threatened by police

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Apr 11, 2013 at 02:07pm IST

Mumbai: The social activist, who exposed the nexus between the police and builders, has alleged that the ACP of Anti-Corruption Bureau had threatened him over his sting operation. "The ACP of Anti-Corruption Bureau came to my house after midnight and tried to threaten us. How do I trust him now?" said Kasam Khan while speaking to CNN-IBN.

Khan conducted a sting operation which showed 15 policemen accepting bribe to allow illegal constructions in Mumbai's Kurla area. Following the expose, 36 police constables were suspended on Thursday.

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"No one listens to a common man's complaint. That's why I did this sting operation. I have no connection with the business of illegal construction. There are many cases where the High Court has given BMC permission to demolish buildings. But they have taken bribes and looked the other way. The process of obtaining permission is so difficult that most of them don't apply. If you look at the number of applications vis-a-vis the many houses built, you will realise the truth," said Khan.

The sting operation comes a week after an illegal building collapsed in Thane killing 74 people. While the Mumbai Police has initiated an inquiry against the accused policemen, the Maharashtra government has also taken a note of the expose. "This is the first time that action has been taken against so many policemen. If more senior police officials are involved, action will be taken against them," said Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh also assured action against those found guilty saying, "This is shameful for the police department. All 36 have been suspended. All of them are constables, no officers. The inquiry is on. If anyone found guilty, will be punished."

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