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Mob stage protest as police pulls down religious pictures

A mob of nearly 200 people were booked for allegedly resorting to road blockade after police took objection to pictures of religious figures put up at the welcome arch of Padma Nagar in Bhiwnadi, police said.

The incident took place yesterday when members of Padmashali community, who live in majority in that area, staged rasta roko when pictures of some religious deities and figures were removed by police, a police official said.

Padma Nagar corporator Murli Maccha was permitted by Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation to erect a temporary arch at the entrance of the ward with a rider that it should not contain any religious pictures or message, since model code of conduct is in force ahead of the local body elections, the official said.

However, violating the order, the corporator had put pictures of deities and some religious messages, which was objected by some people and later police it pulled down.

Soon some 200 people staged an agitation against police action and resorted to rasta rokho and also burnt tyres on the streets.

A case has been lodged in this regard under relevant IPC sections in this regard and no arrests have been made so far.

Few people from the mob have been identified, police said.

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