On Sunday, the family members of the chain snatchers attacked the cops, who were chasing chain snatchers at the infamous Irani Basti in Ambivli, Mumbai.
A mob of around 25, mostly women, attacked the policemen, and also tried to set one policeman on fire by pouring kerosene on him.
The mob had planned the attack to help the accused escape arrest. The police stated that accused fled in the midst of the chaos,
The team was successful in nabbing the two accused. But when they were returning, a mob intercepted them and argued with them. One of the accused’s relative also poured kerosene on constable Daji Gaikwad and tried to set him on fire. In the melee, the accused fled.
Also, two policemen including a police sub-inspector and one constable were injured after the mob pelted stones on them.
In retaliation, the family members of the suspects say that Samir Irani was suffering from fever and was being falsely accused by police. They also claimed that to avoid Samir’s arrest, one relative had poured kerosene on herself.
All the men who attacked the cop have been accused. Ajit Jadhav, the assistant police inspector of Khadakpada police station, said
On the basis of the complaint of the constable who was assaulted by the mob we have booked 25 accused and are probing the case.
This is the eighth such incident in the last 10 years when policemen have been attacked during a raid at Irani basti.