The Bombay High Court today observed that collector of Mumbai neglected media, police and fire brigade person’s injuries during August 2012 Azad Maidan riots. As per rule under section 51 (3) of the Maharashtra Police Act, a district magistrate is duty bound to independently inquire into the damage caused to both property and persons.
According to report of Mumbai police crime branch on August 11, 2012 riots at Azad Maidan two youth were killed and 52 (44 policemen, fire brigade officials and media persons) were injured when a rally called to protest alleged atrocities on Muslim and Assam and Myanmar turned violent. Crime branch of Mumbai police had arrested total of 62 persons were arrested into the matter.
A division bench of Justices N H Patil and Anuja Prabhudessai was hearing on Thursday a PIL (public interest litigation) filed by one Sanket Satope. Bench directed to the Maharashtra government to arrive at an amount and recover the said amount from the organizers. Aruna Kamat Pai, additional public prosecutor (APP) informed the court that the collector’s office has arrived at an amount of Rs 2.75 crores as damages to public property. The collector’s office is conducting an inquiry against over 70 accused and 964 witnesses.