Indo-Asian News Service, Mumbai, March 16, 2006
Four people were killed and at least 70 injured on Thursday in group clashes and police firing in Navi Mumbai locality of Thane district after Holi revellers allegedly misbehaved with a girl.
Violence erupted on Wednesday in Ghansoli village, 26 km east of Mumbai, after residents of Simplex Colony in sector 7 of Navi Mumbai – dominated by Mathadi or porters – allegedly misbehaved with a girl during Holi celebrations.
In revenge, enraged villagers of Ghansoli village, to which the girl belonged, attacked the colony residents early on Thursday.
One person was killed in the violence.
Many people from both groups were injured in stone throwing. Several vehicles, including an oil tanker parked in the vicinity, were damaged. The tanker caught fire and the blaze spread to nearby shanties.
Local residents said police arrived at the scene at around 10.30 a.m., and finding it difficult to disperse the mob resorted to firing in which three people were killed.
Two of the killed were identified as Jagdish Patil (21) and Santosh Patil (24).
Around 70 people were injured, including police officials. An injured Navi Mumbai Deputy Police Commissioner Amar Jadav was admitted to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation Hospital.
Mathadi leader, Narendra Patil, was also admitted to the hospital in a critical condition.