The crime branch of Mumbai police has formed a special squad comprising two women police officials to investigate the molestation of policewomen on duty during the August 11 violence at Azad Maidan.
“[The squad] will record the statements of the victims,” confirmed joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy.
Crime branch officials said they did not yet have any video evidence of the molestation in the cases registered under section 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman) of the IPC, but a victim’s complaint is enough to arrest the accused.
The officials are in the process of identifying the accused involved in the molestation of the women police constables on duty with their help.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai crime branch is in touch with the Thane police in connection with three protesters identified from the Mumbra area. Nineteen rounds of self-loading rifles (SLR) were found from Mumbra after the incident.
Incidentally, some of the accused were caught by the local police in Mumbra, but they managed to escape. “The Thane police are on the lookout for them. We will take their custody after they are arrested,” a crime branch official said requesting anonymity.
Of the 150 SLR rounds missing, 79 have been recovered, from various areas in the city and outside it. The police pistol and its 10 bullets stolen during the incident are still missing.
Two people were killed and 63, including 44 policemen, were injured in the riot that broke out during a rally called to protest killings of Muslims in Assam and Myanmar.
According to the police, protesters set fire to three media outdoor broadcasting (OB) vans and four police vans besides damaging several vehicles, including BEST buses.
Video showing provocative speech seized
Police have recovered a video clip showing a person making a provocative speech, from the mobile phone of one of the accused, Tabrez Mohammed Jamal Sayeed. Officials said the content of the clip is relevant to the investigations and that it was shot before the violence began.
The police have also noted two other speeches as being provocative and are now seeking legal opinion into the matter. HTC