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Adjournment motion on Navi Mumbai riots defeated

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Mumbai, Mar 17 (UNI) An adjournment motion to discuss the Navi Mumbai riots was defeated in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly even as Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil defended the role of the police in quelling the rampaging mob and also rejected the Opposition demand for a judicial probe into the incident.

The voting took place soon after Mr Patil replied to the two-hour debate when Leader of the Opposition Ramdas Kadam demanded a poll.

The motion was defeated, first by a voice vote and then a head count, with 66 votes in favour and 106 against it.

Mr Patil accused the Opposition of trying to politicise the riots and the subsequent police firing in Navi Mumbai and termed them as ''unfortunate''.

He said 45 rounds were fired by the police in which two persons were killed, while two others received injuries.

Mr Patil said the government has will give a compensation of Rs one lakh to the families of the two persons killed in the police firing.

Rapid Action Force (RAF) and two batallions of State Reserve Police (SRP) have been stationed in Navi Mumbai and an additional batallion of SRP has been dispatched, he said,adding all efforts are on to bring the situation to normalcy.

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