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Mumbai: Trombay police arrest seven more for Cheetah camp rioting


Mumbai: The Trombay police have arrested seven more persons in the Cheetah camp rioting incident on Monday. The incident was triggered due to an objectionable picture of a morphed religious structure posted on Facebook.

“Seven more arrests have been made in this case so far. The accused have been remanded to police custody until March 24. More arrests are likely. The security in and around the area continued to remain beefed up on Monday.” said Manoj Lohiya, Additional Commissioner of Police (east) region.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shahaji Umap (Zone 6), “We are still investigating the role of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) Corporator Shahnawaz Shaikh for provoking the situation. The situation continues to remain peaceful.”

A mob had 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 on Saturday. Chinwa had uploaded the image on Facebook and later apologized to Shaikh. Instead of calming the mob, the Corporator had further instigated them.

A mob of 100 persons from Trombay had protested and complained about it to police. They also pelted stones at two other police vans and the police station causing damage to the window panes. Subsequently, another mob came to the police station and demanded that Chinwa be handed over to them. 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 on Saturday night.

A total of 17 people including Shaikh were arrested on Sunday 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.