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Ganpati donation row: More policemen posted at Dongri

A day after four people, including a cyber café manager, were allegedly assaulted for refusing to contribute for Ganesh festival, there was no let-up in tension at Null Bazaar, Dongri. HT reports.

mumbai Updated: Aug 24, 2010 02:10 IST
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A day after four people, including a cyber café manager, were allegedly assaulted for refusing to contribute for Ganesh festival, there was no let-up in tension at Null Bazaar, Dongri.

The police had to bring in additional force on Monday.

On Sunday, a fight broke out between the hawkers and the members of the Umar Khadi Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandal after the former refused to

pay the demanded vargani (donation) for the Ganpati festival.

The city police have been ordered to deploy heavy bandobast in the area and all the sensitive pockets across the city to avoid any untoward incident.

Two teams of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), including the riot control police along with the Dongri police, were deployed in the area to control the situation.

“After we arrested three members of the mandal, a large crowd gathered outside the police station. We had to bring in additional force to bring the situation under control,” said an officer from the Dongri police station.

According to police, the mandal members had gathered outside the police station alleging that the police had conducted biased investigations.

“We have assured the residents of the area that we would deploy additional force in the locality to ensure peace,” said R.K. Padmanabhan, additional commissioner of police (south region).

Police Sub-Inspector A.R. Lokre was transferred to the control room after the incident.

A senior police official, requesting anonymity, said: “We have transferred the PSI as he was unable to control the situation. He has been transferred to the control room

and we have deployed additional police personnel in the locality.”

The complainant claimed that after the police reached the spot, Lokre and two other constables beat him up claiming to remove the weapon he had in his pocket.

“At the Dongri police station, the policemen beat up cyber café manager saying that he was carrying a weapon. He was let off after he started puking,” said the cyber café owner.