Mumbai: A mob allegedly set a police van on fire, damaged two police vehicles and vandalised Trombay police station on Saturday night.
The accused Arvind Chinwa (20) had put up an objectionable morphed picture of a religious structure on Facebook after which a group of men from Trombay protested and complained about it to police at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. They also pelted stones at two other police vehicles and the police station causing damage to the window panes. Subsequently, another mob of twenty people came to the police station and demanded that Chinwa be handed over to them. The mob set a police van on fire and damaged two more vans. Police officials were also hurt during the incident. 100 armed personnel were deployed in and around Trombay which is near Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) headquarters. The fire brigade officials were immediately alerted. Two jumbo tankers and three tenders which then doused the burning jeep.
Additional commissioner of police Manoj Lohiya (east region) said, “Immediately after we received the information, Chinwa was arrested under the Information Technology Act. Based on the CCTV footage, the miscreants were arrested.” The State Reserve Police Force was summoned to take control of the situation. Deven Bharti, the Joint Commissioner of police (Law and Order) and Additional Commissioner of Police Lohiya rushed to the spot immediately.
A total of 17 people have been arrested so far for attempt to murder, rioting, armed with deadly weapon, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty and voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty of the Indian Penal Code and for mischief causing damage under the Damage to Public Property Act. The accused including Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (MIM) Corporator Shahnawaz Khan have been remanded to police custody until March 24 by the Bhoiwada holiday court.