'No questions, no excuses': the squad enforcing Mumbai's ban on plastic

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Shopkeepers and vendors fear a hefty fine from inspectors who are tasked with keeping the Indian city free of plastic bags

At 10am on a muggy October morning, Crawford Market, one of Mumbai’s oldest, is stirring into life.

In a first floor office inside the complex, the feared “blue squad” has assembled, forming a semi-circle around their boss, Anand Shinde, who is pumping them up. At 10.30am, the phalanx, dressed in blue uniforms, hurries down the wooden staircase and hits the streets around the market. Their target: shopkeepers and street vendors using plastic bags.

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