The Mumbai police crime branch has issued summons to 17 people, including former assistant commissioner of police Shamsher Pathan, who were on stage during the rally at Azad Maidan on Saturday.
Senior officers of the crime branch said the special investigating team (SIT) would be recording their statements within the next two- three days.
“Five of the people summoned had addressed the rally and their speeches are being examined,” an officer said, on condition of anonymity, adding that though all 17 have been named in the first information report (FIR), they have not been booked as accused.
Police said action would be taken if the speeches were found to be inflammatory, which resulted in the violence.
Apart from Pathan, the others who have been called by the police include Maulana Niymat Noori, Guddu Bhaiyya, Maulana Aktar Ali, Maulana Amanula Barkati, Maulana Gulam Abdul Kadri, Sayeed Noori, Maulana Sayeed Moin Ashrfi, Maulana Sayed Athar, Mustafa Ibrahim Kapadiya, SS Alwariya, Maulana Narim Tula Noori Saab, Sayeed Khalid Asraf Azar Ali, Ibrahim Bhai Jaan, Khalid Mannu, Rizwan Khan (who made the application for getting permission for the rally) and Musaddi Khan alias Alsan PH.
The crime branch has also made a sequence of the footage it has collected.
Apart from the CCTV footage, the officers have collected video recordings made by television channels, which would be shown to informers, and police personnel to identify the protesters.
“Our priority is now to arrest the people who damaged the Amar Jawan memorial during the violence,” said Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police, crime.