Saturday’s incident could have been averted if locals had co-operated with the police.
According to police, after the irate pedestrian told locals about how his religious sentiments had been insulted, those assembled were not willing to listen to the explanation provided by the police and insisted on an apology.
Senior inspector of Bandra police station Samad Shaikh said they tried to explain to the crowd why the pedestrian had been stopped. “ Why would I act in a manner that would insult someone’s religious beliefs? I was interested in his safety.”
After arguing with the pedestrian, Shaikh thought the matter was over and had gone ahead when he received a call stating a crowd has assembled near the Lucky restaurant junction. It was only when he came back that he realised the issue had taken a communal twist.
On reaching the spot, the senior inspector along with his staff explained to the angry mob that there was heavy traffic on the road and that even after asking the pedestrian to stop twice and use the skywalk, he kept resisting. “ The mob by then had, however, been incensed by the version given by the local and remained adamant that they would not leave without an apology,” said an officer from Bandra police, requesting anonymity.