CSF Joins Protests: Kolis claim threats from Salman’s men

March 8, 2013 by  
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Chimbai Kolis Harassing Us, Say Actors Kin

The Kolis before Salman Khans twin cottagesMumbai, March 07, 2013: The Kolis on Chimbai beach, in Bandra (west), allege they have been repeatedly threatened by actor Salman Khans bodyguards to move from the area. The Kolis, who filed three non-cognisable complaints against the bodyguards of Salman, who owns two cottages on the beachfront, went to Bandra police station on Saturday to press for an FIR. Denying the allegations, Salmans family claimed harassment by Kolis.

Salman bought the two cottages Belle View and Benar in Chimbai in 2011. The East Indian and Marathi Kolis, who park their boats and fishing nets on the beach facing the cottage, alleged the actors men told them Salman was the new owner of the cottages and demanded an unfettered view of the sea. The Kolis said they filed two non-cognisable complaints with Bandra police against the bodyguards, on September 15, 2011,and another on May 5,2012. A third NC was filed on December 30, 2012, when Kolis alleged the bodyguards burnt their materials. They said three women, Elizabeth, Melinda and her daughter Cynthia, who intervened, were assaulted by the bodyguards. We worship our nets as we earn our livelihood from them, said Melinda.

On Saturday, the Kolis and Anil Joseph, chairperson, Perry Road Residents Association and Neil Pereira, Bandra co-ordinator for gaothans, met Vishwas Nangre-Patil, additional commissioner of police, for an FIR. Nangre-Patil asked them to come on Tuesday after he investigates the matter, said Joseph. Lawrence Falcon (65), a Koli and liftman for 40 years at Galaxy Apartments, where Salman lives with his family, said: I was offered Rs 3 crore to leave Chimbai. I said I spent my life and will die here.

While Salman was abroad, his father Salim Khan said, They are harassing us. They dump boats and things in front of our property. We told them to go back to their position when the bungalow was with the previous owner. Idont know why we are being blamed, maybe because the cottages now belong to Salman Khan. The Kolis said MLA Baba Siddique assured help. However Siddique said, I have no idea about this.

– times of india

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