Attack on procession in Thane on Ram temple idol consecration day; 2 held

A group of persons allegedly attacked members of a procession taken out in Maharashtra’s Thane district on the day of consecration of Lord Ram’s idol in the Ayodhya temple following which police have arrested two persons, an official said on Wednesday.

Two-three persons were injured in the incident which took place at around 8.30 pm on Monday when the victims were heading on four motorcycles as well as on foot as part of the procession in Borivali village of Padgha area here, the official from Padgha police station said.

A group of nearly 15 armed persons intercepted them and allegedly attacked them with iron rods, wooden sticks and sharp objects.

The attackers also smashed a couple of motorbikes and damaged them, the official said.

One of the victims in a police complaint alleged that the attackers also pulled out a saffron flag bearing the image of Lord Ram from a motorcycle and tore it.

The police on Tuesday registered offences under various sections of the Indian Penal Code in connection with the incident.

They have so far arrested two of the accused and hunt was on for the others involved in the incident, the official said.

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