Bhiwandi backlash: 2 cops killed, curfew extended
Two policemen were murdered and set on fire in a backlash by a mob after two persons were killed in police firing in Bhiwandi.india Updated: Jul 07, 2006 00:21 IST
Two policemen were murdered and set on fire in a backlash by a mob after two persons were killed in police firing in curfew-bound textile town of Bhiwandi during violent protests against construction of a police station next to a mosque.
Authorities stopped the construction in a bid to defuse tension even as curfew remained in force in the town where tension continued to run high for the second day on Thursday.
Head constable Ramesh Jagtap and constable BN Gangurde of Narpoli police station were stabbed to death near Kotara Gate locality and later set afire by the mob last night, police said adding the mutilated bodies of the two policemen were found nearly 500 meters from the mosque.
The curfew clamped in the town yesterday continued on Thursday, police said, adding the situation was tense but was under control.
Eight companies of state reserve police, two companies of rapid action force and 800 policemen are posted in the city, police said, adding though cases had been registered, no arrest made so far.
Senior police officials, including the Police Commissioner D Shivanandan were monitoring the situation.
Two persons were killed in police firing and at least 34 persons, mostly policemen, were injured in stone pelting by the mob yesterday. The deceased were identified as Ramjan Khan and Abdul Malik, both residents of the town.
People gathered in large numbers at the burial ground next to the Quarter Gate mosque, close to the venue of yesterday's police firing, to attend the funeral of Khan and Malik.