Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis spoke with the Police Commissioner on Monday and directed him to take immediate action after last night's violence in Naya Nagar, Mira Road where a minor scuffle erupted between two groups over a rally to celebrate the Ram Mandir inauguration event in UP's Ayodhya.
Fadnavis, in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter) said, "About the incident occurred last night at Mira Road: I took detailed info on what happened in NayaNagar in Mira Bhayender last night itself. Also was constantly in touch with Mira Bhayender CP till 3.30 am. Police were instructed to take strictest action against the culprits. 13 have been arrested so far & detailed analysis of CCTV footage is underway to identify & arrest others involved too. There will be zero tolerance against anyone who tries to take the law in their own hands and attempts to disturb the law & order situation in Maharashtra."
In a timely intervention, the Mira Bhayandar - Vasai Virar (MBVV) police successfully diffused a minor scuffle that erupted between two groups during a rally in Naya Nagar on Sunday night. The incident, which had the potential to escalate tensions on the eve of the Ram Temple inauguration in Ayodhya, was reportedly triggered by sloganeering near a religious institution.
DCP assures that situation is under control
According to DCP (Zone I), Jayant Bajbal, the verbal arguments arose from what he described as "nothing but a scuffle over a petty matter." He urged citizens not to succumb to rumours, reassuring the public that no communal flare had been reported in connection with the incident.
Recognizing the sensitivity of the situation, a substantial deployment of police personnel was stationed to prevent any untoward incidents, particularly due to the presence of rumour mongers in the area.
The police have initiated an investigation into the matter, and further actions will be taken based on the findings of the probe. Authorities remain vigilant to ensure the peaceful conduct of events surrounding the Ram Temple inauguration in Ayodhya.
Ram Temple Consecration
Pran Pratishtha ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is scheduled to take place on January 22, Monday.
The Maharashtra government had issued a notification on January 19, declaring a state holiday on January 22.