57 people detained for pelting stones during anti-encroachment drive in Mumbai

Over 200 people have been booked and 57 detained in connection with the stone-pelting incident during a municipal corporation anti-encroachment drive in Mumbai’s Powai area two days ago.

An official gave this information. At least 15 policemen, five engineers of the corporation and labourers were injured in stone pelting during an anti-encroachment drive by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in the Jai Bhim Nagar slum on Thursday.

“A case has been registered against 200 people in connection with the stone pelting on police and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials and 57 of them have been detained,” the official said on Friday.

All of them have been charged with obstructing government employees in discharging their duties and rioting. The corporation had earlier said that temporary huts were built on a plot in Pawaigaon and Mauje Tiradj village and the State Human Rights Commission had directed the municipal body to take action in the matter.

According to an official, the anti-encroachment team of the municipal corporation had gone there to demolish alleged illegal constructions and was accompanied by a team of policemen for security, but the residents started protesting, saying they had been living there for the last 25 years.

He said that around 400 huts were built on one plot. A video of the stone pelting was also circulated on social media, in which men and women were seen pelting stones at police and municipal corporation employees.

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