Mumbai violence: Organisers, miscreants face murder charge
Mumbai: Twenty-three people, arrested in connection with violence at a rally at Azad Maidan here, and organisers of the protest have been slapped with murder charge, police said.
Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code has been invoked against them, they said.
The rally, to protest the riots in Assam and the alleged victimisation of Muslims in Myanmar, had been organised by city-based Raza Academy and some other groups.
Two persons were killed and at least 55 others, including 45 policemen, were injured in the violence that erupted during the protest.
The arrested were produced this afternoon before a court which remanded them in police custody till August 19.
Asking for the custody of the accused, police said they wanted to find out if the violence was pre-planned.
The weapons snatched by the mob from police personnel (2 self-loading rifles and a pistol) were yet to be recovered, they told the court.
The defence counsel said the accused were not involved in the violence, and were arrested when they went back to pick up their motor-cycles parked near the scene of violence.
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