New Delhi: The Mumbai Police on Saturday imposed Section-144 in Aarey Colony, where a protest was held late last night against the felling of trees, after the Bombay High Court’s order on Friday.Also Read - Felling of Trees Begins at Aarey Colony; Residents, Activists Protest

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According to reports, all entry and exit points to the tree felling site have been barricaded. There are also reports of several protesters being detained by the Mumbai Police. Also Read - Aarey: 22 Students Detained For Protesting Outside Amitabh Bachchan's House

The flashpoint began last night when Mumbai Metro authorities began a tree cutting drive, just hours after the Bombay High Court turned down a petition to put a stay on the felling of trees to construct a Metro shed at the site. In the plea, the petitioners had alleged that nearly 2,600 trees will be axed to come up with the Metro shed.

Protesters gathered at the site after videos emerged on social media showing authorities cutting down the trees. They broke barricades erected at the site and raised anti-government slogans before being detained by the police.

The row pertains to the construction of a proposed car shed of the Mumbai Metro at Aarey Colony which is a green belt. It is said to have five lakh trees and residents and protesters allege that cutting down of trees will lead to more land exploitation of the area.

Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray, who is a vocal supporter of the ‘Save Aarey’ campaign tweeted: “A project that should be executed with pride, the Metro 3, has to do it in the cover of the night, with shame, slyness and heavy cop cover. The project supposed to get Mumbai clean air is hacking down a forest with a leopard, rusty-spotted cat and more

Bollywood actors Farhan Akhtar and Dia Mirza have also spoken out against the tree felling drive.

Others like, Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, meanwhile, have given statements in favour of the Metro.

Live Updates

  • 6:06 PM IST

    Aarey Protests LIVE: As of now, 38 people have been arrested while 55 persons detained for protesting against Aarey Forest tree felling.

  • 5:10 PM IST

  • 4:34 PM IST

    Aarey Protests LIVE: 29 protesters have been arrested from Aarey and sent to judicial custody by Borivali Court.

  • 4:33 PM IST

    Aarey Protests LIVE: Uddhav Thackeray added, “The upcoming government will be our government and once our government comes into power once again, we will deal with the murderers of Aarey Forest in the best possible way we can.”

  • 4:26 PM IST

    Aarey Protests LIVE: Shiv Sena Chief,Uddhav Thackeray said, “Aarey is the most important issue for me right now. Whatever is happening today, whatever was happening y’day & whatever will happen in future, I’ll take detailed & in-depth information of what the situation is & will speak firmly & directly on the issue.”

  • 4:14 PM IST
    Congress’ Sanjay Nirupam said in a tweet that “ShivSena must stop its lip service against tree cutting in Aarey & tell Mumbaikars that they are helpless before BJP.”

  • 4:08 PM IST
    Aarey Protests LIVE: The Bombay High Court on Saturday refused to grant a stay on felling of trees in Aarey Colony.
    Notably, a fresh plea was today moved by activists seeking a stay on the chopping of 2656 trees in the colony for metro shed construction.
  • 2:01 PM IST

    Aarey Protests LIVE: The Union Minister further says, “In Delhi, 271 metro stations have been made and tree cover has also increased. This is the development and preservation of nature.”

  • 1:58 PM IST

    Aarey Protests Live: Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar says, “Bombay HC has ruled that it’s not a forest. When the first Delhi metro station was to be constructed, 20-25 trees were to be cut, people had protested then too, but for each tree cut, five trees were planted.”

  • 1:38 PM IST