Man leading Mumbai beach clean-up thrashed, suspends drive

Afroz Shah said that despite working hard, he realised that people's 'mindsets were not changing'. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Nov 22, 2017, 05.21 PM (IST)

Afroz Shah, who was spearheading the cleaning up of Mumbai's Versova Beach, has suspended the drive after alleging that he was thrashed by goons. 

Afroz said that he decided to drop the drive since "despite working hard at the ground level, I realised that people's mindsets were not changing."

"Was working very hard at ground-level but I realised people's mindsets were not changing, must face it truthfully. Drew a balance sheet to see where I was after 109 weeks when my volunteers were told off the beach," he told ANI.

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Shah said he would learn from his defeat and do "something good in future".

"Accepting defeat is a positive sign, it forces you to think how to change things again. Will learn from it and do something good in the future," Afroz Shah said.