Around 20 bikes, cars and autos were damaged at Kasewadi in Bhavani Peth late on Tuesday night after a group of youths went on a rampage following a brawl with another group during a religious programme.
mob mentality: The youths attacked vehicles parked between Bhagva chowk and Pimpalmala and broke their glass panes. Pics/Mohan Patil
The Khadak police have arrested four suspects in this case. They have been identified as Aakash Gorakh Jadhav (18) from Kasewadi and Gajanan alias Sanjay Ganesh Mane (21), Naresh Narsingh Kuli (24) and Aakash Dadasaheb Mane (20), all from Lohiyanagar.
They have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code on charges of damaging public property and breach of public peace. Two juveniles have also been taken into custody by the Khadak police.
Police Inspector M Sawant from Khadak police station said, “A religious programme was organised in Kasewadi area in which two groups clashed with each other over food. After the brawl, some youths went on a rampage in the area damaging two-wheelers, four-wheelers and auto rickshaws parked on the road. These youths also had swords and sticks with them.”
The youths attacked vehicles parked between Bhagva chowk and Pimpalmala and broke their glass panes. Heavy police bandobast was done after this incident was reported to the police, added Sawant.
Similar incidents of mob rampage have taken place in Balajinagar, Kothrud and Bibwewadi area of the city in the past two years. In all these incidents, members of organised crime syndicates were involved, who had damaged public property to ensure tension prevailed in their areas.