RELIGIOUS PRIESTS AND NUNS BRIEFED ON UNJUST LAND ACQUISIONS AND NEW PROPERY TAX:

Brief report on the presentation held at OUR LADY OF VICTORIES CHURCH, MAHIM and other activities.

OL of Victoria Church, Mahim.

 

 

Dear SOULmates / Friends,

Re: Mt. Mary Church Land issue:

After the news report that appeared in TOI of March05, I spoke with Fr. Aniceto Pereira, Vice-Rector the same day and enquired status. He stated that situation is now under control.

On behalf of SOUL Team, we have assured him of our support anytime the Church needs.

Re: Harassment/ Threat of Salman Khan / Family/ Bodyguards to the Fisherfolk of Chimbai- Mr. Lawrence Falcon and Fly

Salman Khan has brought two sea facing cottages in 2011 There is pressure put on the above families to move out and also harrassing them over the parking of fishing boats and nets near his cottages.

The family has been undergoing harrassment since August 2011. The Bandra Police station have been appearing to be lax in giving justice to the victims.

It took a worse turn on December 30, 2012 when it is alleged that the bodyguards of Salman Khan in a drunken state damaged the fishing nets, boat building material etc by setting it on fire. They also abused and allegedly assaulted Elizabeth [who received bruises on her hand] and threatened two of the senior citizens and family members. When they went to file the police complaint only a NC was registered. Normally the police should have sent Elizabeth to the Bhabha hospital for the medical report which was not done.

Since there was Human Rights violations and the police were reluctant to take appropriate action, maybe because of high profile personalities , several activists and groups met with Mr. Vishwas Nangre Patil, Addl. Commissioner of Police, Western Region on March 05 at 4.00 p.m along with the family and victims of Mr. Lawrence Falcon. The Addl. Commissioner gave a patient hearing to the victims and the delegation.

Mr. Patil immediately gave orders for a DCP level probe to ascertain the various issues and investigate cases of burking [suppressing of facts in cases] by the Bandra Police. The DCP report should be submitted to him within 15 days. Also, he has directed the local police station to give protection to the family, their livelihood and their homes.

The Watchdog Foundation, [Nicholas Almeida ] has sent a legal notice to Salman Khan and also to various other authorities for immediate action on this issue.

Among the members of the delegation were: Mr. Anil Joseph, Mr. Nicholas Almeida, Mrs. Aftab Siddiqui, Dolphy Dsouza and several others.

We will wait for the report and the time period of 15 days and then decide the next course of action. [Please see news report in todays, Hindustan Times]

Re: Presentation of Malwani/ Kandivali Issue and New Property Tax at Mahim on March 05 at 6.30 p.m.

Organised by the Sabha Unit of Our Lady of Victories Church, Mahim, The Watchdog Foundation and SOUL Team.

In a well attended meeting which also included Fr. Michael Goveas, Parish Priest of St. Andrews Church, Religious and the Parishioners of Mahim, Stanley Fernandez through the power point presentation explained the unjust acquisition notices issued to St. Anthony’s Church and Our Lady of Assumption Church, Kandivali by the BMC..

Adv. Godfrey Pimenta in his lucid way spoke about the New Property Tax and why we should take a stand and protest.

Among those who also spoke were: Gordon Dsouza, President, BCS, Dolphy Dsouza and Greg Pereira, SOUL Team attended this meeting.

The parishioners of Mahim were unanimous in their support for all the causes that we spoke at the meeting.

We thank Mr. Raymond, the Chairman of the Sabha Unit and his team for hosting this meeting and the enthusiastic support of the Parishioners.

Press Conference: March 11 at 3.00 p.m. at Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh.

On the issue of New Property Tax, a Press Conference has been organised by Watchdog Foundation along with SOUL Team, Sahar Citizens Forum, several Societys / Organisations on March 11 at 3.00 p.m. at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, opp. BMC Headquarters, CST Station.

We request our SOULmates / Friends to attend this press conference.

warm regards,

Dolphy Dsouza – 9820226227

SOUL Team

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