Mumbai Violence: 2 killed, 24 held, situation under control
Violence in Mumbai has come down and situation is under control, said a senior Mumbai Police official to media. However, Police is still patrolling to prevent any sorts of mishap in the area and city, he added.
The police have arrested 24 persons in the charges of provoking the crowd and participating in violence, media reported.
In Saturday's violence, at least two persons were killed when police moved in and baton-charged the demonstrators who were protesting against the recent ethnic and communal riots in Assam at Mumbai's Azad Maidan.
The Police response came when the protestors turned violent as they torched a media vehicle, damaged buses and pelted stone which cause over 100 injured including 45 policemen. This prompted Police to fire in the air and charged baton over the demonstrators in order to control the situation.
"The situation is calm, road traffic is normal, public buses and suburban trains are functioning as usual," police said.
Earlier, hundreds of protesters gathered at the Azad Maidan in south Mumbai this afternoon following a call by the Mumbai -based Raza Academy to denounce the violence in Assam.
Azad Maidan is located near the offices of the Brihan Mumbai Corporation and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai railway station.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announced late Saturday night that the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police would probe the incidents which held the city to ransom for several hours Saturday.
"The Crime Branch will probe how a peaceful procession suddenly became violent and who was behind it," Chavan said.
Early Sunday, Chavan went around different hospitals and met the injured.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik's quick thinking and restrained measures Saturday have come in for appreciation.
When some Muslim leaders made provocative speeches and the first signs of violence erupted, Patnaik got on to the stage and urged everyone not to create a repeat of the violence the city saw after the 1992 Babri mosque demolition.
He guaranteed safe passage to all the demonstrators if they agreed to disperse peacefully and restrained the police from taking any action.
Some Muslim leaders found sense in Patnaik's appeal and followed his instructions. In the process, "a very ugly situation" was prevented, said Patnaik later.
But not everyone paid heed to the appeal, triggering violence that left two people dead.
The injured included at least three mediapersons. Their photo equipment and OB vans of three TV channels were badly damaged.
--With Agencies Inputs--
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