The Thane GRP (Government Railway Police), who are investigating the Diva riots along with the Mumbra police, claim that the 17 accused arrested by the Mumbra police on the basis of video clips where they were spotted setting police vans on fire, are the same men seen vandalising railway property and trains on railway CCTV camera footage and videos.
The Thane GRP took custody of the 17 accused on Wednesday from the Mumbra police and are further investigating the matter. All the accused were arrested on the basis of video clips found by the police of the January 2 incident.
On Thursday, the Dombivli GRP arrested a 32-year-old woman, who was seen shouting slogans in the CCTV camera footage. Police sources have said that not just men, but women too were involved in the vandalism that took place at Dombivli station on January 2.
The clips clearly showed the people vandalising public property, setting police vans ablaze and also pelting stones. The Thane GRP have also arrested 11 people for vandalising railway and public property at the Diva station premises.
According to the police, the 32-year-old women is a homemaker and a resident of Dombivli. She was arrested on Thursday morning by the Dombivli GRP and produced before the Kalyan railway court, where the court remanded her to police custody till January 10.
“We have the CCTV footage of the mob, where people are seen entering the railway ticket booking counter in Dombivli. Some were spotted vandalising railway property and shouting slogans. The woman can be clearly seen shouting slogans and entering the ticket counter. There are a few more women who can be clearly seen in the CCTV camera footage and are yet to be arrested,” said Mahesh Bhagwe, senior police inspector, Dombivli GRP.
The Dombivli GRP arrested six people, which included a clerk, 57, working with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The man was seen shouting slogans in the CCTV camera footage.
“While coordinating with the Mumbra police, we found that out of the 17 accused, most were seen vandalising railway property. Through the video clips, we also noticed that those responsible for setting the police van outside Diva station on fire at 9:30am are the same people who started vandalising railway property at 10am,” said a Thane GRP officer.
The Thane GRP along with the Mumbra police are interrogating those arrested to learn whether the rail blockade and vandalising incidents were planned or not.
“We thought that the passengers were angry because of regular train delays and
the problems in the Central line. However, seeing the accused in both the clips was a little fishy. We are running a parallel investigation and will soon find out what actually happened,” said a senior officer from Mumbra police station.
34 total arrests:
17 Arrests by the Mumbra police
11 Arrests by the Thane GRP
6 Arrests by the Dombivli GRP