Police book 15 protesters for molesting women cops during Maharashtra bandh

Mumbai: On the day of Maharashtra bandh, 15 agitators were arrested for allegedly molesting some policewomen, who were stationed at Chembur, under sections of rioting and molestation.

Police sources said that the accused were arrested the same day. The accused have been booked under section 354 (assaulting or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) among other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The incident occurred when the cops were deployed for the agitation across the city. Police officers informed that some of the policewomen were pushed and manhandled while some others fell down when controlling the mob. The police suspect that the accused may have taken advantage of the tense situation at Chembur, which saw huge protests during the unrest.

The city’s eastern suburbs were the worst hit, with 57 FIRs for rioting, vandalism and unlawful assembly, being registered in two days. Of these, 35 cases were registered in zone 6 — in Chembur, Nehru Nagar, Trombay, RCF, Deonar, Shivaji Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Mankhurd, Chunabhatti and Govandi. Around 22 cases were registered in zone 7 — in Ghatkopar, Pant Nagar, Vikhroli, Parksite, Bhandup, Kanjurmarg, Mulund and Navghar.