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Bulldozer action in Mumbai after clashes took place over Ram Temple inauguration rally
Mumbai
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Bulldozer action in Mumbai after clashes took place over Ram Temple inauguration rally

| @indiablooms | 23 Jan 2024, 11:16 pm

Mumbai/IBNS: Bulldozers, escorted by a large force of police and security personnel, have brought down "illegal" constructions in Mumbai's Mira Road suburb, which saw violence before and after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led 'pran pratishtha' ceremony of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on Monday.

According to police, 15 "illegal" properties in the area have been bulldozed, an experiment initiated by the Uttar Pradesh government and then followed by several other BJP-led states against criminals.

Videos of the incidents from Sunday evening and Monday afternoon after the pran pratishtha ceremony, many of which were widely shared on social media, showed two groups throwing stones at each other.

By Monday night, the police arrested over a dozen people in connection with the clashes, which erupted as a Shri Ram Shobha Yatra was passing through Mira Road's Naya Nagar area.

The procession, which had cars and bikes with saffron flags, was attacked by a mob with stones, police said, adding some people were injured in the incident.

The police said the "illegal" encroachments by the accused are being bulldozed, an experiment initiated by the Uttar Pradesh government and then followed by several other BJP-led states against criminals.

The mob also vandalised the cars with stones and sticks, they said.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis warned on Monday night that "anyone trying to disrupt law and order" in the state would be punished severely.

"The complete details of the incident in the Naya Nagar area of Mira-Bhyander were taken last night only. I was in constant touch with the Mira-Bhyander Police Commissioner till 3.30 am Monday."

"Police have been instructed to take strict action against the accused. In this case, 13 accused have been detained so far and the process of identifying the other accused is underway by checking the CCTV footage. Anyone trying to disrupt law and order in Maharashtra will not be tolerated," he said.

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