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30 arrested in police-gang clash in Pune

Tension prevailed in Ramabainagar slums on Dehu Road on Friday night after a police team was attacked by slum dwellers and two members from a criminal gang fired two rounds in the air to turn the police away.

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Tension prevailed in Ramabainagar slums on Dehu Road on Friday night after a police team was attacked by slum dwellers and two members from a criminal gang fired two rounds in the air to turn the police away.

Four policemen and a civilian were injured in the incident. The police also fired one round in the air in retaliation. The mob also damaged 10 vehicles and vandalised a nearby hotel.

Later, a team of 80 police personnel carried out a combing operation in the area and arrested 28 people.

The chain of events started with the arrest of two people identified as Imran Khan, a thief, and police constable Amol Khude.

Inspector Nitinkumar Gokave of Dehu Road police station said, “On Friday afternoon we received a call from a resident claiming that a youth was beaten up by six people in Rambainagar slum area. Our team reached the spot and detained two people, while others ran away.

When the two were brought to the police station, Imran Khan revealed that Khude was demanding money from him and when he refused to pay up, Khude planned an assault on him with the help of the notorious Mahakali gang members, who stay in Ramabainagar slums,” he said.

Following this, a hunt was carried out by Dehu Road police team comprising assistant sub-inspector RB Bhoite and three constables.

“On seeing us, two gang members, Rakesh Dolakiya alias Mahakali, and Hanamya Shinde fired two rounds in the air. The slum dwellers also attacked the police with hockey sticks and damaged the vehicles. Additional force
had to be called in by the police to control the mob,” Gokave said.

The police arrested 28 people and booked them under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The judicial magistrate (first class) on Saturday
remanded Khude in three days police custody while 28 others were remanded in police
custody for a day.

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