Mumbai: 6 held after Dahisar family attacked for eating meat

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2015 22:49 IST
A Marathi theatre producer was beaten up by residents of his apartment in Mumbai for allegedly cooking non-vegetarian food. (Pratham Gokhale/HT photo)

Six people, including five women, were arrested for rioting and assault, after a Maharashtrian family complained of harassment at its Dahisar residence on Thursday night.

The MHB Colony police said the group was later released on bail.

The police had initially filed a non-cognisable complaint, after theatre producer Govind Chawan’s wife Anita and daughter Supriya informed the police late that a group of people from their society – Bona Venture Apartments – were trying to barge into their house. The group smashed eggs on their door and splashed water too, they alleged.

“After we recorded the statements of the two women, an FIR had to be registered against the society members. We have arrested five women and a man after studying CCTV footage from the society,” said Subhash Chawan, senior inspector at the MHB Colony police station.

Around 15-20 people have been booked in the case.

The arrested group was produced before the Borivli court on Saturday, and released on bail.

Chawan told HT that his wife and daughter recorded their statements with the police. He alleged that the society members had been harassing his family for several months.

“They would not allow my son to play and abuse him for his caste. As a result, he stopped playing with children of his age and spends his day at home,” said Chawan. Chawan maintained that the mob confronted them after someone else threw water in the society compound where the group was sitting.

“The mob assaulted Anita and Supriya when they were headed to the police station. Even though two policemen were there, the mob hurled footwear at them, one of which hit a police constable,” an eye-witness and a friend of Chawan said.

MHB Colony police offices told HT they have registered an NC against the Chawans too, following society member’s allegations that the family threw water out of the window.

The CCTV footage of the society has been recovered. The Chawans have also submitted a video they recorded, where the mob is captured creating a nuisance, said officers.

Police personnel have been deployed outside the building to prevent untoward incidents, officers said.

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