Tension gripped parts of central Mumbai after a group of revellers from an Eid procession clashed with members of another community on Sunday.
According to reports, the clashes between the two groups took place during the Eid-e-Milad procession in Lalbaugh. However, there are varied reports on what really caused the incident.
According to a Times of India report, a group of boys who were returning after attending Eid-e-Milad procession at south Mumbai got involved in an argument with another group at Lalbaug.
"The situation went out of control and some bikers were hit. A group of people, who hit the boys, was carrying lathis...," reported ToI.
According to a Hindustan Times report, a group of youths created a disturbance in the area after being stopped by traffic police.
"Young men from a particular community were stopped by traffic policemen, for travelling on the wrong side of the road on Sunday evening," reported the Hindustan Times.
The Mid-day reported that the revellers had hit a traffic constable which prompted others present there to attack them. A motorcycle was burnt during the clash and Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria visited the spot to ensure law and order was maintained.
Tension at Lalbaug/Parel. Police commissioner Rakesh Maria at the spot pic.twitter.com/9iL8JUw5Nm
— Jyoti Shelar (@jyotishelar) January 4, 2015
Following the incident, police personnel were rushed to the spot and traffic routes were diverted.
"There was no curfew but a curfew-like situation," ToI quoted a source as saying.
.@apu_rocks Yes. There was. But Mumbai Police did a fine job and brought it under control quickly. Commissioner himself was on the spot.
— Sachin Kalbag (@SachinKalbag) January 4, 2015
— Traffline Mumbai (@TrafflineMUM) January 4, 2015
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Updated Date: Jan 05, 2015 09:21:50 IST