Police attacked after telling locals to wear face masks – Garib Nawaz Nagar, Antop Hill, Mumbai

A group of at around 15 people attacked a police sub-inspector and two constables with sharp weapons at Kokhri Agar, Garib Nawaz Nagar, Antop Hill in central Mumbai after the policemen asked why they were not wearing face masks for protection from coronavirus.

The three policemen suffered injuries in the incident. An offence has been registered against the attackers on the charge of rioting and other sections of the IPC, including 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), and also under the COVID-19 rules.

The process to arrest the accused has been initiated, a police official said.

A week back, three Mumbai policemen were injured when a 27-year-old unemployed architect attacked them with a chopper at Marine Drive during a late night police nakabandi (blockade).

On 6 May, a Sikh man, Inder Singh, was brutally attacked by one Salim Siddique and his accomplices in Chembur suburb of Mumbai, when Singh asked the accused to wear face masks in public.

Mumbai has been ravaged by Covid-19 cases with over 16,500 cases, around 20% of the total cases in Bharat. Lax implementation of lockdown in ‘sensitive’ areas like Dongri, Mumbra etc. is one of the main reasons for the dire situation. The epidemic has taken a heavy toll on the police as well. Over 1,000 policemen have been infected by the coronavirus and nine have died in the state that has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country at over 27,000 including 1019 deaths.


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