Residents living near Mary Church and Bandstand are angry over Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's security guards blocking the cement road behind his bungalow Mannat, reports MidDay.
The residents allege, SRK's security guards have blocked the lane adjacent to Mannat, restraining access to the cement road lane.
Residents complained the barricade has been raised at the entrance of the lane and the security guards, along with police, refused even the local residents to enter the lane, even though Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is responsible for maintenance of the road.
“The police say they have erected the barricade for the Bandra fair, but even on other days, access to the road is restricted by SRK's security guards”, says Khalid Qureshi, president of NCP Bandra taluka.
Says 58-year-old Ruby Fernandes: “I am running a candle shop for the last 40 years. After they restricted the use of the road, I don't have any customers as no one travels by this road,”
Vivek Angre, staying near the Church, says: “I am staying here for the last 47 years and it is a fact that residents of the area are troubled because the road has been cordoned off.”
Bandra police officials claim that the cordon has been put only for the Mount Mary fair and the actor's security guards have nothing to do with the issue.
Says Senior Police Inspector Prakash George: “It is the police which have imposed temporary restrictions on the road on Saturday and Sunday because of the Mount Mary fair. The restrictions have been imposed keeping in view the benefits of the pedestrians and also the motorists, who approach the church from the main road and the road from Mehboob studios. People have a habit of using the short cut from the Caine Road via this road adjacent to Shah Rukh's bungalow Mannat.”
A concrete ramp-like structure has come alongside Mannat on the restricted road.