Mumbai: Mob violence in Parel brings top cop Rakesh Maria on the streets

Tension ran high in many parts of Parel after a traffic constable, who was trying to stop a driver from going into a no-entry zone, was beaten up near Bharatmata junction around 9 pm.

Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria
Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria

The situation escalated and two groups began fighting. A two-wheeler was set ablaze near the Central Railway workshop in the area and at least seven people were injured (right) in the melee.

The police began gathering around 10.15 pm and Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria also went to the area to monitor the situation at 10.40 pm.

While tempers began cooling around 11 pm, the situation remained tense even at the time of going to press. The injured were rushed to KEM hospital.

A bike that was set ablaze
A bike that was set ablaze

mid-day journalists threatened
mid-day photographer Atul Kamble, who rushed to the spot, was threatened and asked to put away his camera when he tried to capture what was happening.

The mob manhandled him and tried to snatch his camera. The mob also tried to attack our reporter Mayur Sachade, but he was saved by the police.

Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria discusses the situation with Bandra West MLA Ashish Shelar and Sewri MLA Ajay Choudhari. Pics/Atul Kamble, Bipin Kokate
Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria discusses the situation with Bandra West MLA Ashish Shelar and Sewri MLA Ajay Choudhari. Pics/Atul Kamble, Bipin Kokate

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