MUMBAI: At least 15 people were injured after communal clashes broke out and police resorted to firing to control the rioting in Navi Mumbai area of Thane district on Thursday. The flare-up was a result of clashes that occurred in a Navi Mumbai village on Wednesday night after two groups clashed during Holi celebrations, eyewitnesses and police officials said.
The rioting resumed on Thursday morning and police resorted to firing to quell the clashes. Police said the situation was under control and the injured have been admitted to hospital. No fatalities were reported.
1 dead, 7 hurt in Navi Mumbai clash
One person was killed and seven others were injured in a clash between two groups, prompting police to open fire to control the situation, while several policemen also sustained injuries as the crowd pelted stones at them in Navi Mumbai, police said today.
The trouble started at Ghansoli village after some ‘mathadi’ (porters) workers allegedly molested a local girl yesterday, which led to attack by villagers on ‘mathadi workers’ colony this morning, police said.
As the crowds became unruly, police opened fire, they said. A bodyguard of an official of mathadi workers’ union was killed in the attack, sources added. The mob also attacked fire brigade vehicles and at least two vehicles are damaged, sources said.