Following several instances of communal incidents across Mumbai Metropolitan Region on the day of temple inauguration at Ayodhya, police registered at least nine FIRs and arrested 10 persons across Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, on Tuesday.
While the Mumbai Police registered eight FIRs, the Navi Mumbai police registered an FIR and arrested five persons on the charge of attempt to murder in connection with a clash that took place in Panvel between locals and some Shiv Sena workers on Monday.
The incidents in Mumbai occurred in areas that included Vakola, Govandi, Bhoiwada, Girgaon, Malvani, Oshiwara, Antop Hill and Juhu. The police have also arrested at least five persons.
The police claimed that while the incidents were not as serious as the one on Mira Road, several minor incidents were witnessed in Muslim-dominated areas in city. The incidents mainly involved heated argument between residents of the area and members of Shobha yatras who were on vehicles bearing saffron flags and shouting slogans.
In Santa Cruz (East), a complaint was filed with the Vakola police regarding alleged insult to a religious flag. People present in the Shobha Yatra caught the accused Saud Mehmud Qureshi (27) and handed over to the police.
In another incident in Govandi area, one Prithviraj Jogdand (23), was arrested for posting objectionable and provocative post on WhatsApp. He was booked for hurting the religious sentiments on the complaint of a young man.
In Bhoiwada and Malwani, police registered a case against one Mufeez Ahmed (55) and Irfan Qureshi respectively for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.
At least 20 unidentified people were also booked for alleged stone-pelting at the rally.
Cases were also filed in Islampura area, Antop Hill and Juhu for hurting sentiments.
In Navi Mumbai, the police registered a case of attempt to murder along with rioting and arrested five persons for clashes with Shiv Sena (Eknath Shinde Group) party workers when they were taking out a procession on bikes and cars from the area on Monday afternoon.
Navi Mumbai DCP (zone II) Pankaj Dahane said, “In the clashes that took place between the two sides, we have registered an FIR and arrested five persons. Some five to seven people are still on the run and will be nabbed soon.” The FIR was registered by the Navi Mumbai Police under sections related to attempt to murder, rioting and common intention.
The incident took place in the Kutchi Mohalla area of Panvel after local residents got into a fight with Shiv Sena (Shinde group) party workers from Kharghar who were taking out a rally through the Muslim-dominated neighbourhood. As per the FIR, there were 15-20 bikes and two four-wheelers that were part of the rally.
The FIR was based on a complaint given by Chinmay Sonawane, a Shiv Sena Vibhag Pramukh. Sonawane said that after the rally was over, Kshitij Shingare, Panvel Vidhan Sabha Yuva Sena head, had organised lunch at Samarth godown. He said that they were led by Shingare, who was riding ahead of all.
His statement added, “Instead of leading us to Samarth godown to have lunch, he said let’s go through Panvel and we followed him. Our bike then passed a Muslim Naka and reached Safa Mosque. While 10 bikers had gone ahead, we were left behind.”
He added, “nearly 10-15 Muslim youngsters who had gathered then attacked us and damaged our vehicles.” Based on the statement, the police registered the FIR and made the arrests.