Mumbai: Mumbai Police have denied arresting or detaining any member of the Bhim Army. However, they have denied permission to the Bhim Army chief, Chandrashekhar Azad, to hold a rally at Jambori Maidan in Worli on Saturday.
According to Mumbai Police spokesperson and deputy commissioner of police (operations) Manjunath Singe, “We have called in several supporters and members of Bhim Army for enquiry, but none of them were detained or arrested.
On Friday, police had approached Azad at the Malad hotel where he is staying and requested him to conduct the meeting indoors so as to avoid any law and order situation. However, when he refused to do so, we denied him permission to conduct a rally in Jambori Maidan at Worli.”
Meanwhile, Dalit activists claimed Bhim Army activist Subodh More and some other members were detained by police on Saturday. While senior officers from the Mumbai police department have refused to confirm the detention of Bhim Army activists, police sources claimed that they are planning to take preventive action under section 156(3) CrPC.
On Friday morning, Azad reached Mumbai and was to attend a rally at Chaityabhoomi. However, police asked him not to go there and allegedly put him under house arrest. In a video tweeted by Azad, he said, “Is there any freedom to speak in the country? We will not tolerate attacks on the Constitution. You can arrest me, but we will not be stopped.” Police have deputed heavy police bandobast in Malad area, where Azad is staying. An officer from the Vanrai police station, requesting anonymity, said Dindoshi Police are enquiring into the matter.