Policemen, locals hurt in violent protests over offensive crackers
Mumbra was tense for most part of the day on Friday following a violent protest triggered by firecrackers allegedly made using pages from a sacred book.mumbai Updated: Mar 24, 2012 01:21 IST
Mumbra was tense for most part of the day on Friday following a violent protest triggered by firecrackers allegedly made using pages from a sacred book.
“A mass marriage ceremony had been organised on Thursday night and firecrackers burst on the occasion. On Friday morning, we received a complaint alleging the crackers had been made from pages of a holy book. We registered a case and were carrying out investigations, but, within an hour people started a rasta-roko,” said Bajirao Ghuge, senior inspector of Mumbra police station.
The protesters alleged the police were not taking action. Police officers said it was neither the fault of the person who bought the firecrackers nor the one who sold it. An inquiry is being carried out into the manufacturers of the firecrackers. A case has been registered under section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage the religious feeling of a community by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code.
As news about the allegations spread, mobs gathered at several places in Mumbra and started throwing stones. Some policemen and locals bore the brunt of the mob’s ire. One motorcycle was burnt whereas a few others were vandalised. Two police vans and some private vehicles were also damaged. Shops were closed and autorickshaws refused to ply. Stone throwing incidents were reported at Mumbra railway station as well. Train services went for a toss for an hour.
Three companies of the state reserve police force were called in and the situation brought under control by evening. “The situation is absolutely under control. No rounds were fired, only gas was used,” said Thane police commissioner KP Raghuvanshi. The police have detained several people in the incident.