Mumbai Police lathicharged protestors demonstrating against the construction of a police station near Quarter Gate Masjid in Bhiwandi, neighbouring Thane district, on Wednesday.
Two senior police officials and several policemen were injured in the stone pelting, after which police resorted to cane charging and later opened fire in the air to disperse the crowd, Thane Police Commissioner D Sivanandhan said.
Nearly 1000 people had gathered outside the mosque and allegedly started demolishing the ongoing construction of the police station on a government plot adjacent to the mosque, he said.
Situation was later brought under control, he added.
The piece of land on which Thane Police are planning to construct a police station was allotted to them way back in 1920, Sivanandhan said.
Later, a mosque was constructed near the existing police quarters and was therefore named Quarter Gate Masjid, he said, adding that a section of the minority community was opposed to construction of a police station near the mosque.