Officials from the Mumbai district collector’s office on Wednesday sealed the Cambata Building in Churchgate, which also houses the famous Eros theatre, for non payment of dues worth Rs 4.45 crores.
The officials, in the presence of dozens of police officers, sealed the theatre along with 24 other offices located in the building. A notice pertaining to the non-payment of dues was also pasted on all the shops.
The building, located at Maharshi Karve Road, houses Surajmal Lallubhai Jewellers, Qi gym, 20 Downtown Banquet, LIC Office, Shiv Sagar, Humame, Pronto, Beer Cafe, Cafe Coffee Day and Subway among others.
While there was some resistance from a handful shop owners initially, the presence of cops ensured that the matter did not escalate. Meanwhile, the remaining shows at Eros theatre have also been cancelled.
The action comes six days after the BJP-led Maharashtra Government formed a committee to monitor the day to day activities of Cambata Aviation.
The government had earlier filed an FIR against Cambata Aviation and Bird Worldwide Flight Service for allegedly refusing to cooperate with officials who were confiscating its equipment on court orders.
Labour Minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar had even initiated legal action to seize Cambata’s equipment because the company has delayed its response to settle dues of its employees.
Employees of Cambata Aviation have been demanding immediate payment of salary and other dues, which have been pending since February 2016. The ground-handling agency has ceased operations in Mumbai and Delhi.
Social activist Anjali Damania and political outfit Shiv Sena have come out in support of the company’s employees.
Earlier this month, Damania also met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and sought his intervention into the matter.
In a joint press conference with Damania, Sena leader Neelam Gorhe had claimed that the four unions led by leaders of various parties had failed to provide justice to the 1200 workers of Cambata Aviation.
Mumbai city collector sealed today Eros theatre and adjoining 24 shops. Notice pasted at the shops. pic.twitter.com/5xhe4pwZrq
— Sudhir Suryawanshi (@ss_suryawanshi) January 18, 2017