Two days after a couple of Bandra residents claimed that they were attacked by a group of hawkers, the police on Tuesday lodged a first information report (FIR) against two of the hawkers.
The FIR was registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code against hawkers Ravindra Gurav, 42, and Pranali Gurav, 39. They were let off on bail.
On Sunday, a few hawkers allegedly roughed up Ramesh Gurav, 45, and Benedict Soares, 66 near Mount Mary’s Church after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) removed illegal hawkers around the church area that day.
“A heated argument led to the fight in which the woman hawker, Pranali, hit Gurav with a stone,” said a police official.
“A Bombay high court order says only candle-selling vendors will be allowed to do business near Mount Mary’s Church. However, the order has not been properly executed,” said Soares said.
“I had complained to the BMC 15 days ago. But on Sunday, somebody else complained to the civic body against illegal hawking and the authorities acted swiftly. The hawkers mistook me for the person who had complained on Sunday,” said Soares.
Soares, a member of Bandra Bandstand Residents’ Trust, said he was at a meeting at a housing society at Hill Road when the hawkers came after him. “When Gurav tried to intervene, he too was attacked,” said Soares.
“Gurav had to be administered seven stitches. The police have taken down his complaint but they have not registered my grievance as I was the one who was attacked first. So, we will approach higher police officers like additional commissioner Vishwas Nangre-Patil,” said Soares.
Despite several attempts, assistant municipal commissioner (H-West) Prashant Sakpale was unavailable for comment.