Locals gather at Palm Beach Road near CBD Belapur as they protest against the naming of Navi Mumbai International Airport
Locals gather at Palm Beach Road near CBD Belapur as they protest against the naming of Navi Mumbai International Airport
Photo: PTI

The Navi Mumbai police on Thursday registered an FIR against the organizers and people who had joined the protest march to Cidco Bhavan on June 24 demanding naming of the Navi Mumbai international airport (NMIA) after late PAPs leader DB Patil.

Despite no permission from the police, thousands of villagers from Raigad, Thane and Palghar under the banner of All Party Action Committee (APAC) joined the protest on Thursday in Belapur in Navi Mumbai. The police had to deploy huge police personnel to maintain the law and order in the city.

However, no untoward incident was reported throughout the protest.

Ravindra Patil, Senior Inspector of NRI police station said, “The FIR has been registered against 30 leaders who were on stage and around 18,000 people who were listening to their speeches”.

The FIR also mentioned names of few leaders including former MP Ramseth Thakur, Panvel MLA Prashant Thakur, Airoli former MLA Sandeep Naik, Belapur MLA Manda Mhatre, Dashrath Bhagat among others. As per the FIR, around 18000 to 20000 people were present in the protest.

The police have booked them under sections 143, 188, 269, 270, and 381 of IPC, section 3 of Epidemic Act, 1897, sections 115, 117, 135, 37 (1) and 37 (2) of the Maharashtra Police Act, section 3 of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984, and section 11 of Maharashtra COVID-19 Act, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Bipin Kumar Singh thanked everyone for conducting the protest in a peaceful manner.

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