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Child 'Slumdog' star's shack razed

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  • NEW: Child film star's home among those razed by Indian authorities
  • Last week, home of another "Slumdog Millionaire" star was also razed
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" grossed millions, but the child stars returned to the slums
From Harmeet Shah Singh
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- Authorities in India have razed the shanty where "Slumdog Millionaire" star Rubina Ali lived with her family.

Rubina Ali's home was demolished by officials bulldozing shacks in a Mumbai slum.

Rubina Ali's home was demolished by officials bulldozing shacks in a Mumbai slum.

"It has been demolished," said police inspector Rahim Sheikh.

The shanty was one of about 18 ramshackle homes destroyed on Wednesday by railway authorities who said the shacks were illegally built on their property in an area called Garib Nagar, or "colony of the poor," authorities said.

Rafiq Qureshi, the father of the child star, accused police of beating him up for questioning why they were hitting another man in his neighborhood. He said railway authorities leveled his shanty, along with about a dozen others, while he was being treated by a doctor for injuries from the alleged police beating.

He said Ali and her stepmother were at home when bulldozers arrived.

Sheikh denied that officers assaulted Qureshi. The child star's father said he had not yet filed a complaint with police.

Last week, the home of another child star in the Oscar-winning film was demolished. The shanty of Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail's family was among 20 destroyed, also due to illegal construction, authorities said. Video Watch an interview with child "Slumdog" star »


Though the movie they starred in grossed millions of dollars, most of the child stars returned to their poor neighborhoods in Mumbai.

"Slumdog Millionaire" is the story of Jamal, an impoverished, uneducated teen who competes on an Indian game show. The movie won eight Oscars in February, including one for Best Picture.

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