Mumbai: Sahar police have registered an FIR against 15 persons for allegedly attacking police officials on duty on Monday while they were in a procession of Ganpati visarjan. Five police personnel sustained injuries during the attack and were treated at a local medical centre. The police are yet to make arrest and are probing the case.

According to the sources, the incident took place late on Monday night when a group of people were on their way to immerse the Ganpati idol in Andheri. When the procession reached near a Masjid, they allegedly stopped right in front of it and started playing songs loudly and dancing to the tunes. In a bid to not hurt the sentiments and enrage communal rights between the Hindus and Muslims, the police tried to make the procession move aside from the Masjid premises. However, not giving in to the police requests, the procession continued to dance with loud music right in front of the Masjid. Looking at no other options, the police tried to move them away, following which some participants of the procession turned violent and attacked the police.

Sources claim, in the attack, five police personnel were injured, including senior police inspector Lata Shirsat of Sahar police station. An official said, “We have registered an FIR and booked the accused persons under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and are probing the case. Arrests are yet to be made, as the statements of the injured police personnel will be recorded.” According to an official, the accused are suspected to be affiliated to a Hindu outfit, and due to their connections with the higher authorities refused to budge to the police requests.

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