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Mumbai violence: Role of Assam politicians being probed

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Aug 13, 2012 10:15 IST
  • Violence strikes Mumbai

    A policeman near a torched vehicle after a protest against Assam riots turned violent in Mumbai.(PTI/Shashak Parade)

  • Violence strikes Mumbai

    Vehicles in flames near CST Station after a protest against Assam riots turned violent in Mumbai.(PTI/Shashak Parade)

  • Violence strikes Mumbai

    A torched police vehicle near CST Station after a protest against Assam riots turned violent in Mumbai on Saturday.(PTI/Mitesh Bhuvad)

  • Violence strikes Mumbai

    Firemen dousing a torched vehicle near CST Station after a protest against Assam riots turned violent in Mumbai. (PTI/Mitesh Bhuvad)

  • Violence strikes Mumbai

    A TV grab shows  an OB van of a television channel set on fire during a demonstration at Azad Maidan in Mumbai. (UNI)

  • Violence strikes Mumbai

    A TV grab shows fire fighters trying to put out the flames after a an OB van of a television channel was set on fire during ...

  • Violence strikes Mumbai

    A photojournalist shows his broken camera after a protest against Assam riots turned violent in Mumbai. (PTI/Mitesh Bhuvad)

  • Violence strikes Mumbai

    Muslims participate in a protest over Assam riots in Mumbai. (PTI/Shashank Parade)

  • Violence strikes Mumbai

    Police carry another police who got injured in the scuffle with the violent mob during the protest against Muslim killings in Assam at Azad Maidan ...

  • Violence strikes Mumbai

    Violent mob put vehicles on fire during the protest against Muslim killings in Assam at Azad Maidan in Mumbai, India.(HT/Anshuman Poyrekar)

Role of some Assam politicians is being probed for the weekend violence in Mumbai as investigators opined that the agitation was orchestrated rather than being spontaneous.

Government officials said the investigators were sure that the hooliganism was organised by certain people with vested interests and there was a strong possibility of some people from outside Mumbai being behind it.

Probe agencies have found that those who indulged in violence were brought to the spot in hired buses and were armed with lathis, sickles and other instruments.

File photo of a policeman standing near a burning vehicle during a protest that turned violent in Mumbai.


"There were clear indications that some people came to the protest venue only to create disturbances. Those who were arrested are being interrogated and we are sure that the truth will come out soon," an official said.

Investigators believed that Raza Academy, the organiser of Saturday's protest in Mumbai's Azad Maidan, may not have links with the violent mob, which came to the venue in the garb of protesters.

Two persons were killed and many injured when a protest in Mumbai's Azad Maidan against Assam riots and attacks on Muslims in Myanmar turned violent on Saturday with demonstrators torching vehicles and pelting stones, prompting the police to fire in the air to disperse them.

 

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