IN a bizarre incident, several cops and state Reserve Police Force (PRF) personnel were attacked by as many as 15 locals in Mumbai’s Antop Hill on Thursday.
According to a tweet by ANI, the police and RPF personnel were attacked with sharp-edged weapons following a dispute between them & locals over not wearing face masks. The incident took place in Garib Nawaz Nagar are of Antop Hill on Thursday. Mumbai Police PRO Pranay Ashok informed that three personnel were injured in the brawl that was triggered over usage of face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mumbai Police PRO further informed that a case has been registered into the matter.
The Police force in Maharashtra continue to face attacks amid the coronavirus pandemic. In April, a similar incident was reported from Mumbai’s Govandi area where team of cops were attacked by locals after the cops tried to disperse people who had gathered on a road during the nationwide lockdown.
Reports inform that a 30-member strong crowd, including two women, had gathered at the intersection, flouting lockdown restrictions.
India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 81,970 on Friday with 3,967 new cases and 100 new deaths reported in the past 24 hours. In Maharashtra, coronavirus cases climbed to 27,524 followed by Tamil Nadu with 9,674 cases and Gujarat with 9,591 COVID-19 cases so far.
Apart from Maharashtra, similar incidences have surfaced from other states too. In the last month, an angry mob pelted stones at policemen who were at the spot to disperse a gathering of people in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. A police inspector was injured in the stone-pelting.