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Mumbai: Jihadi mob attacks police in Kurla; no arrest yet

Mumbai police team was asking the residents to stay indoors when they were attacked by a group led by Shahid Qureshi alias Kabootar

The Mumbai Police has filed an FIR under Sections 353, 188 and 269 of the Indian Penal Code against a person for attacking cops in Kurla. On 29 April, a police team was attacked while it was on a coronavirus-related enforcement duty in the Kurla Pipeline area. The FIR notwithstanding, Mumbai Police has arrested nobody yet.

Earlier, a video of the mob attack on the police had gone viral on social media. In the video, a mob primarily belonging to the Muslim community can be seen heckling and abusing the police as they were in the Kurla pipeline area for Coronavirus related enforcement duty.

In the video, it is evident that an argument had broken out between the police team and the residents of the locality, predominantly Muslims, and that led to people assaulting and abusing the police team.

At about the 15-16 second mark in the video, a man can be seen assaulting the police team. Towards the end of the video as well, one can hear someone hurling abuses at the police team from his apartment.

The media has reported several such cases from across the country, where Muslim mobs abused and assaulted police teams for enforcing lockdown amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

Locals in Meerut, for example, had attacked a team of police personnel and district officials in Jali Kothi when they reached there to seal a part of the area following a confirmation about presence of coronavirus patients in a mosque in the area. The agitated Muslim mob was subsequently pacified and the entire area was cordoned off. Subsequently, four people including the Imam was arrested in the case.

Earlier in Bhopal, another jihadi mob attacked with knives and injured two policemen on lockdown enforcement duty in the old city area on Monday night.

On 8 April in Indore, when a police constable asked people gathering on the streets, disobeying the government instruction, to go home in Chandan Nagar area of ​​Indore, they started throwing stones at him, badly injuring the cop last evening. Even some women joined the attack on the constable.

The Mumbai police team was asking the residents to stay indoors when they were attacked by a group led by Shahid Qureshi alias Kabootar. A resident of Islampura, he jumped from a building to escape arrest but was injured in the process.

At a time when the healthcare workers, policemen are risking their lives to limit the spread of the Chinese pandemic, there have been concerted attacks against them by some anti-social elements refusing to obey lockdown and follow protocols to check the disease spread.

We had reported a series of incidents where Muslim mobs had unleashed violence against frontline workers at a time when they are risking their lives to limit the spread of the Chinese biological agent.

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