Mumbai: The crime branch on Wednesday made the 59th arrest in connection with the Azad Maidan violence on August 11.
Mohammad Farhan Mohammad Farid Sheikh, 18, a resident of Shivaji Nagar in Govandi was arrested for his hand in the violence. Farid, a welder, was not only involved in beating up policemen, but he also damaged at least three police vehicles during the chaos, said joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy. He was caught in the act by CCTV cameras as well as press photographs.
Crime branch sources said that Farid, like others, decided to join the rally after he heard announcements made in local mosques during Ramzan. On August 11, he left home under the pretext of collecting ‘Jakat’ (donations) from his uncle’s shop in Manish Market. Once there, he joined a mob that was headed towards Azad Maidan. “Like the others, he attacked policemen without any provocation,” crime branch sources added.
Meanwhile, a magistrate’s court on Wednesday discharged two more persons who had been arrested in connection with the violence.
Amin Yunus Shaikh, 19, a resident of Marol and Salim Mehtab Shaikh, 42, were discharged under Section 169 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), after the crime branch moved an application saying the probe showed they were not part of the violent activities, although they had attended the rally.
A senior crime branch officer said that Amin and Salim were among the first batch of 23 persons who had been arrested soon after the violence.
On August 11, a rally organised by various Muslim bodies to protest against the alleged killing of Muslims in Myanmar and Assam had turned violent. Two persons were killed and 63, most of whom were policemen, were injured in the violence.