In the presence of a large police and security force, bulldozers were used to bring down illegal structures in Mumbai's Mira Road suburb on Tuesday (23 January), NDTV reported.
This comes after tensions flared up in the area when a mob of over 50 individuals reportedly vandalised vehicles displaying 'Jai Shree Ram' flags ahead of the Ayodhya temple's pran-pratishtha.
Taking note of the incident, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said, "Police were instructed to take strictest action against the culprits. 13 have been arrested so far and detailed analysis of CCTV footage is underway to identify and arrest others involved too."
Fadnavis warned, "There will be zero tolerance against anyone who tries to take the law in their own hands and attempts to disturb the law and order situation in Maharashtra."
BJP Maharashtra Social Media chief, advocate Ashutosh Dubey shared videos of "Bulldozer Action on illegal encroachment" and thanked Fadnavis.
Notably, bulldozer action against people violating the law has gained prominence in the last few years, especially under the BJP governments. While many appreciate it as a "quick justice", many others denounce such actions.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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