‘Using Child Labour’; NCPCR Directs Mumbai CP To Register Case Against Aaditya Thackeray Over Aarey Protests

Aaditya Thackeray

Aaditya Thackeray faces trouble as children join the Save Aarey Protest as he tweets the picture yesterday

Since the BJP-Eknath Shinde government took control over Maharashtra and announced the construction of the Metro car shed at Aarey Forest, the state has seen protest against the decision, and former minister Aaditya Thackeray has joined them too.

On Sunday, Aaditya Thackeray had taken part in a protest and has been entangled legally in it as he tweeted photographs that showed some children holding placards.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has accused him of using child labour for the ‘Save Aarey’ protest. A notice was given to the Mumbai police commissioner to register a case. The NCPCR has sought an Action Taken Report along with a copy of the FIR and statements of the children within three days.

When his father Uddhav Thackeray was chief minister, Aaditya Thackeray had got the decision reversed. However, that decision was again reversed when the Shiv Sena of the Thackerays lost power and the rebels formed the government with the BJP.

This issue was first arose in 2019, in Thackeray‚Äôs regime when the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation sought the BMC’s permission to fell trees at Aarey Colony in the 1,800-acre forested area. This was met with large protests by environmental activists. Maha Vikas Aghadi formed the government and decided to move the metro car shed to Kanjurmarg.

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