3 cops hurt as group attacks after argument on face mask rule

Mumbai, May 15 (PTI) A group of at least 15 people allegedly attacked a police sub-inspector and two constables with sharp weapons at Antop Hill in central Mumbai after the policemen asked why they were not wearing face masks for protection from coronavirus, an official said on Friday.

The incident took place at Kokhri Agar, Garib Nawaz Nagar on Thursday afternoon, where a police team stopped these people for not wearing masks, the official said.

'Those people entered into an argument with the police team over the issue and attacked the personnel. Over 15 people assaulted three policemen, including a PSI, with sharp weapons,' he said.

The three policemen suffered injuries in the incident, the official added.

An offence has been registered against the members of the group on the charge of rioting and other sections of the IPC, including 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), and also under the COVID-19 rules, he said.

The process to arrest the accused has been initiated, he said. PTI DC NP NP