Bandra Incident: Police Files 2 More FIRs, 1 Arrested

Mumbai Police on Wednesday registered two more FIRs in a case related to the spreading of rumours which led to migrant workers gathering outside Bandra railway station on Tuesday. One person has been arrested in connection with the case.

The second FIR has been filed against a journalist of a Marathi news channel.

On Tuesday afternoon, Mumbai Police had to resort to force after a huge mob of migrant workers gathered outside Bandra police station asking the state to help them return to their native places. The incident happened after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an extended nationwide COVID-19 lockdown till May 3.

An FIR was registered on Tuesday against 700 unidentified people at Bandra police station.

One of the two new FIRs are against Vinay Dubey, a resident of Navi Mumbai, who uploaded a video on social media and asked migrant workers from North India to gather at Kurla Terminus on April 18 to demand that they be sent back to their native place. Dubey – booked under sections 117, 153(a), 188, 269, 270, 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 3 of Epidemic Diseases Act – was arrested from Navi Mumbai late last night.

The other FIR is against Rahul Kulkarni, a journalist with a Marathi news channel, for running a report stating that a special train will run for migrant workers to their native place, said Bandra police officials.

Mumbai Police spokesperson and deputy commissioner of police Pranaya Ashok confirmed that an FIR has been registered against Dubey and that he was arrested.

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