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Cops beaten up in Nagpada riot

Cops beaten up in Nagpada riot

Author: Vaman Phadke and Sandeep Ashar
Publication: Mid-Day
Date: October 22, 2005

A shopkeeper and four policemen were attacked and injured late last night, after they tried to protect a girl from misbehaving youth at Nagpada.

The policemen are being treated at JJ Hospital. The shopkeeper has been treated and allowed to go. Three other residents were also hurt.

Three youth, all on motorbikes, were misbehaving with a college-going girl, when shopkeeper Mohammed Sheikh saw what was happening and warned them to stop. They were identified as Rafiq Shiekh (20), Purkhan Ahmed (18) and Sahil Ansari (19).

''They were even abusing the girl's mother,'' said the 30-year-old Sheikh who operates a bag shop in K D Compound.

The boys hit the shopkeeper, but when he retaliated, they left. The incident happened at about 11 am.

They returned to the place with six others, and armed with rods and chains. ''They attacked me, hitting me on the head and the back,'' said Sheikh.

Nagpada police were informed and a team reached the spot at about 11.30 pm.

The youth abused the policemen and attacked them too. ''They shouted maro salon ko and started hitting us with iron pipes,'' said Assistant Sub-Inspector Jaywant Shirke (50), from his hospital bed.

Shirke suffered wounds on the head and the back and required seven stitches.

The other policemen also injured were Head Constable Rajendra Awtade (38), and constables Chandrashekhar Sawant (34) and Suresh Gadigaonkar (32).

Some residents also injured in the incident are Nag Mohammed (32), Mohammed Ashraf (25) and Mohammed Istiaq (18).

Three of the youth have been held and a case of rioting and assault registered against them and five others absconding, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Bombay Police Act.

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