The Mumbai Police Crime Branch probing the August 11 Azad Madan riot has learnt that a group of about 150 persons from the Garib Nagar area in Bandra (East) and Govandi had attended the protest with the sole purpose of attacking the media.
Meanwhile,women constables have also identified at least five persons from the 58 arrested accused as those who had molested them. A few of the molesters have been identified by our women personnel. However,not all the molesters identified have been arrested, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy.
Crime Branch sources said the police were likely to request the court to discharge a few more persons under Section 169 of the CrPC as there was no strong evidence against them. The Crime Branch had earlier discharged three persons in the case.
The sole intention of the 150 people from Garib Nagar and Govandi was to attack the media. As soon as they reached the spot,they began indulging in lawlessness,before starting their attack, said Roy.
Some of the arrested persons were told that the media were not showing atrocities which were being committed against Muslims in Myanmar. They said that they came to attack the media,and also attacked the police when our personnel tried stopping them, said Roy. They said they were shown pictures of atrocities,which we now know are doctored, he said.
Crime Branch officers said they were planning to book the two vandals arrested for desecrating the Amar Jawan memorial under the Prevention of Insult To National Honour Act. However,another officer said,The Amar Jawan memorial comes under the BMC,and from what we have learnt,it does not come under the purview of the Act.