Hawkers threaten ‘jail bharo andolan’

The Azad Hawkers' Union on Thursday threatened to begin a 'Jail Bharo Andolan' from Sunday if the Mumbai Police did not stop its crackdown against them.

The union held a dharna at Azad Maidan on Thursday afternoon, demanding a meeting with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Sitaram Kunte. The meeting took place at 6 pm. BMC is learnt to have heard their demands and the authorities considering them.

Daya Shankar Singh, president, Azad Hawkers' Union, said he also had a meeting with Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan on Wednesday to discuss the state government's implementation of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, 2012.

"The Chief Minister said he will get back to us in two-three days. We are confident of a positive outcome," he said.

Singh appealed to the assembled hawkers to return to work from Friday.

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