Updated June 8th, 2024 at 09:47 IST

Mumbai Stone Pelting: 57 held, Over 200 Booked for Attacking Cops During Anti-Encroachment Drive

More than 200 people face charges from Mumbai police following a rock-throwing incident during government's anti-encroachment drive in Powai

Reported by: Digital Desk
Cops During Anti-Encroachment Drive | Image:Representative
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Mumbai: Police have arrested 57 people and filed a case against over 200 others following a rock-throwing incident during a government anti-encroachment drive in Powai, mumbai two days prior.

During demolition drive on thursday by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in Jai Bhim Nagar slum, rocks thrown by residents left at least 15 police officers, 5 civic engineers, and 5 laborers injured. 

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"The police have filed a case against 200 persons and apprehended 57 of them on the charge of obstructing public servants from discharging their duty and rioting in connection with the stone-pelting at police and BMC officials. They were remanded in judicial custody," the official said on Friday.

The BMC earlier said temporary huts had come up on a plot in Powaigaon and Mauje Tirandaj village and the State Human Right Commission had directed the civic body to take action against these structures.

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According to an official, the civic anti-encroachment team had gone there to clear allegedly illegal structures, which number around 400 on an open plot, along with a posse of police personnel for security, but residents started protesting claiming they had been living there for the past 25 years.

A video of the stone-pelting incident went viral on social media. It showed men and women throwing stones and police and civic staff running for cover

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Published June 8th, 2024 at 09:47 IST