In an effort to preserve communal harmony, police in Mumbai’s Mira Road have issued an order to group administrators on social media and instant messaging services, directing them to make sure that no jokes, videos, or other content pertaining to conflicts are sent, according to news agencies.
The Mira Bhayandar Vasai Vihar Police on Wednesday requested all social media administrations refrain from forwarding or sharing any jokes or videos pertaining to the altercation that occurred on the eve of Ram Temple Pran-Pratishtha on January 22, one day after the bulldozer action on Mumbai’s Mira Road. If the directives are broken, the police will take action against these group administrations, according to the note. A brawl was reported from the area on Sunday night, and multiple videos of the brawl went viral. In those videos, the Muslim community attacked cars that were flying the flags of Lord Ram. This led to the deployment of riot police in the area, hours before the Ram Temple was dedicated.
In addition, if the directives are broken, group administrators could face consequences. The Mira Bhayandar Vasai Virar (MBVV) Police issued the directive. The order was issued days after a car rally in Naya Nagar turned violent, leaving up to 13 people arrested in the communal clash that broke out on Mira Road.
Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with attempted murder, has been filed against the attackers.
A crowd of ten to twelve individuals, accompanied by three cars and an equal number of motorcycles, staged a rally on Sunday night, January 21, chanting pro-Lord Ram slogans in anticipation of the Ram Mandir inauguration the following day. There were reports of firecrackers being set off during the demonstration, and when one group objected to the same, there was soon fighting between the two groups.
After a fight, the group, which opposed the shooting of firecrackers, emerged with a wooden stick and attacked the cars, a police official previously told a news agency. The official went on to say that people who were moving in the vehicle were also assaulted.
To avoid any decline in law and order, a large number of police officers were promptly stationed in the vicinity. Meanwhile, in the Thane district’s Naya Nagar neighborhood, the Mira Bhaindar Municipal Corporation demolished illegal roadside stalls on Tuesday, January 23. One handicapped man who sold kebab pao on the road had a stall among the destroyed ones. He claimed to India Today TV that he received notification from local authorities that his booth would be taken down. He said, “I did renew my license; they say I haven’t.