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Three killed, 75 others injured

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Mar 16 (UNI) Three persons were killed, two of them in police firing, and 75 others, including 20 policemen injured, in stone throwing and group clashes after the rioting mob turned violent at Ghansoli in the satellite township of Navi Mumbai, 40 km from here today.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister R R Patil, informed the Legislative Assembly that two persons were killed in the police firing while another died in group clashes today following an incident of eve-teasing during the Holi revelry yesterday.

Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Vijay Kamble said some youths from Ghansoli village had gone to the colony of 'Mathadi Kamgar' (head load workers) to splash colour on a girl yesterday, which resulted in a scuffle between two groups.

Late in the night, some villagers attacked the Mathadi workers and damaged parked vehicles.

This morning, Mathadi Kamagar leader Narendra Annasaheb Patill was trying to resolve the dispute when some villagers starting pelting stones on them and the police personnel.

As the situation went out of control after the death of a person in the group clash and injuries to around 75 people, the police resorted to firing as lathi charge and tear gas failed to defuse the situation, Mr Kamble said, adding that two persons were killed in the firing.

Atleast five officers, including Deputy Commissioner of Police Amar Jadhav, were among the 20 police personnel injured in the group clashes and stone throwing, he said.

The situation, is now under control and a heavy contingent of the force has been deployed, he added.


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