Thursday, June 22, 2017

Protest against proposed airport turns violent near Kalyan, several policemen injured

A protest against a proposed international airport at Newali, near Kalyan, in Maharashtra on June 22 turned violent, leaving several policemen injured.

Thane Police officials said the protesters, who gathered on the Haji Malang Road near Kalyan, first started burning tyres and later pelted stones at passing motorists and policemen. At least nine policemen were injured in the clashes that ensued.

“The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ulhasnagar division, and the Senior Police Inspector, Hill Line police station, along with three other officers and four constables sustained injuries. The protesters also set two police vehicles and a private vehicle on fire,” said Thane Police spokesperson Inspector Sukhada Narkar.
Reports of the protest turning violent were sent out on the police wireless network and manpower from all nearby police stations, as well as Quick Response Teams, were rushed to the spot to quell the protest. Senior officers, including Joint Commissioner of Police Madhukar Pandey, Thane Police, too rushed to the spot.
22/06/17 Gautam S Mengle/The Hindu