Curfew in Navi Mumbai as violence continues

A PICTURE OF CHAOS: Protesters clash with the police at Ghansoli, north of Mumbai, on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: AP

Mumbai: Some areas of Navi Mumbai township were placed under curfew as violence continued for the third day on Saturday, police said.

Trouble started between residents of Ghansoli village and 'Mathadi' workers (porters) following alleged molestation of a village girl by Mathadis on the day of Holi, has now spread to other areas of Navi Mumbai, police said.

Police burst tear gas shells and used mild force to disperse agitating protestors who tried to create law and order problem in front of the residence of Excise Minister Ganesh Naik at Bonkawade village on Saturday.

Police station attacked

A violent crowd on Friday stormed the Nerul police station and attacked three policemen, while on Saturday a group stormed the Koparkhairane police post of Rabale police station. Police resorted to cane-charge to disperse the agitators.

Prior to that, the crowd torched and damaged several vehicles including TV OB vans, and with sporadic incidents of violence continuing in other parts of the town, a curfew was imposed in and around Koparkhairane, police said.

Sources said shops and other establishments remained closed for the third day on Saturday.