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Azad Maidan violence: Cops submit report

mumbai Updated: Nov 04, 2012 00:59 IST
HT Correspondent
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Mumbai police crime branch

The Mumbai police crime branch has sent a detailed report of the August 11 Azad Maidan violence to Mumbai collector's office for the collector to begin with the recovery process of damages.

The violent rally caused a loss of around Rs. 2.75 crore, police said.

The investigators stated that the report mentions the details of the rally and the resultant violence, and the role of the organisers.

It also explains further how the organizers arranged for people to attend the rally at Azad Maidan to condemn the spate of attacks on Muslims in Assam and Myanmar.

A crime branch officer said: "We have given point-to-point details to the authorities and it is up to them to decide who was responsible for the vandalism. Those found responsible would be penalised. We haven't mentioned any names in the report. It has the sequence of incidents and details of the police probe."

The officer added that the police would be available for help or opinion if the collector's office seeks information from them.

The police, however, refrained from answering what would be the next step in connection with the two orators whose speeches were found to be provocative during the rally.

The mob vandalised the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial near CST station, and went on to target three media outdoor broadcasting vans and police vans each, six other police vehicles, and three cars of higher police officials.

Around 30 BEST busses were also targeted, and two-wheelers were set ablaze near the venue of the rally.

Charge sheet to be filed next week

The Mumbai police crime branch, who investigated the Azad Maidan riots case, would file the charge sheet in the case next week.

The police said that they are ready with the inquiry report, with the three-month deadline for filing charge sheet ending on November 11. Police said the rally was organised by 17 people.

A total of 63 people were arrested by the crime branch for their alleged role in the violence. Five of them have been discharged.

The violence at the rally had left two dead and 63 injured, including 58 police personnel. The mob had targetted media vans, police vehicles, BEST buses and two-wheelers near the venue.