Mumbai Police has registered an FIR against one person for allegedly assaulting a police team while it was on COVID-19 related enforcement duty in the Kurla Pipeline area on 29 April.
The FIR has been registered under Sections 353, 188 and 269 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Police are yet to arrest the accused. This comes amid nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.
On the 29 April, a Mumbai police team was attacked while the team was on Coronavirus related enforcement duty in Kurla Pipeline area.
Kakasaheb Nagave, 35, and his team were conducting a march on Kurla pipe road. The accused, Rizwan Memon, a resident of Wafati Lane building, began shouting at the police.
Dattatreya Shinde, senior inspector, Kurla station said, “He asked us not to shut any shop on the pipe road and threatened to use his contacts in the National Investigation Agency against us. This led to an altercation, after which he manhandled the PSI and a constable. Some residents crowded the area and Memon managed to escape.”
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 broke 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 see a resident hurling abuses at the police team from his apartment.
It is pertinent to note that several such cases have erupted across the country, where Muslim mobs were booked for assaulting and abusing police teams for enforcing lockdown amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
As per the latest update of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra has 11,506 COVID-19 cases, including 1,879 cured/discharged/migrated and 485 deaths.
A video of today’s police action before the arrest: