Medha Patkar continues to strike

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Mumbai, May 25: Medha Patkar who went on an indefinite strike on Friday, May 20, protesting against the demolishing of slums in Mumbai, is still on her hunger strike as it entered its sixth day on Wednesday, May 25.

Patkar is fasting in Golibar, which falls under the Khar-Santacruz area of Mumbai, where 140 acres of land has been handed to a private builder which affects 26, 000 slum dwellers.

According to Patkar, the signatures of the slum dwellers that appears on the letters of consent signed by the slum dwellers for a slum rehabilitation project at Golibar are forged.

Her demands include removal of Maharashtra Slum Areas Act, 1971, Clause 3K, that states that the state government can take over land without the consent of slum dwellers. Her demands also include a probe into all projects that are sanctioned under this section and Rajiv Awas Yojana to be implemented in Mumbai and a  reassessment of remaining four Slum Rehabilitation Authority projects.

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