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Noida society mayhem: In midnight raids, police arrest 13 for Sector 78 rioting

At a midnight raid conducted by Sector 49 police station, cops detained 58 men from slums following rioting by hundreds of domestic helps at Noida’s Mahagun Moderne apartments.

noida Updated: Jul 13, 2017 14:16 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
Noida,Mahagun Moderne,Sector 78 Noida
All 13 arrested will be produced in court on Thursday afternoon.(Sohil Sehran/HT Photo)

Police have arrested 13 men on charges of rioting and vandalising property at Mahagun Moderne, the upscale apartment complex in Noida that was attacked by a mob on Wednesday morning, officials said on Thursday.

More than 300 people gathered at the gates of the complex in Sector 78 around 6 am, alleging that one of its residents had assaulted a domestic help. Many even managed to overpower the security guards and forced their way into the premises.

Police detained 58 men after a raid around 11.45pm Wednesday on the slums near Antriksh Golf View-1 apartments in Sector 78 before making the arrests. As searches began in the area, many women and men gave a slip and ran to hide towards the nearby fields which have a thick outgrowth of shrubs.

Most of the people were asleep when the raid was conducted.

One of the eyewitnesses, who also escaped, told the Hindustan Times vehicles were parked on road by police personnel, who later barged into their tenements. Fearing detention, those who escaped remained outside of their homes till late night.

“Police started searching inside the shanties nearby the road and there was a chaos. It alerted us and we ran from the home,” said one of the inhabitants.

Sources said the arrested men were identified after the police video graphed the raid and took them into custody.

Station house officer of the Sector 49 police station, Parshuram, confirmed the detentions, saying it was a part of their investigation into Wednesday’s incident. “A rioting case is lodged against them,” he said.

“We had proofs of their identification. Now, we will form teams for verification in slum areas. The verification will check the credibility and credentials. By far four FIRs have been registered in this case,” Avneesh Kumar, circle officer city-3, said.

Most of the protesters were domestic helps and acquaintances of the woman, Zora Bibi, who was allegedly caught stealing money from an apartment belonging to Mitul Sethi. She had fled when he threatened to report the matter to the apartment management, residents contended.

Police said many of the agitators were armed with iron rods and were pelting stones indiscriminately. In the chaos, around 25 people gained entry to Sethi’s apartment and vandalised it.

The situation remained chaotic for over three hours, and terror-stricken residents could not step out.

Bibi said she had only sought two months’ salary – amounting to Rs 12,000 – from her employers. “But instead of paying what was owed to me, they accused me of stealing Rs 17,000 from the house. I was beaten up. I fled to the basement of the apartment complex in terror, and the guards brought me out early this morning,” her statement to the police read.

Police registered a case on the basis of Bibi’s complaint at the Sector 49 police station. Later in the evening, Sethi filed a counter-complaint with the police.

First Published: Jul 13, 2017 13:25 IST