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Mumbai live: 2 dead as protest against Assam riots turns violent

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Aug 11, 2012 at 10:23pm IST

Mumbai: 9.56 pm: A statewide alert has been issued to ensure there is no adverse fallout, says Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. He said CRPF, Rapid Action Force and Mumbai Police have been deployed at all sensitive locations in the city.

7.41 pm: "I have alerted the police force across the country to act against whoever spreads false information. I have spoken to the Maharashtra CM, the Deputy CM and the Commissioner of Police. Two deaths have been reported and 46 have been injured out of which, 36 are policemen. It's been quiet in Assam the last three days. I request people not to give any false information," says Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

6.27 pm: Two people die as the protest at Azad Maidan against Assam riots turns violent. Many policemen also reported to have been hurt while trying to control the mob.

6.10 pm: Mumbai crime branch is likely to investigate the protest outside the CST railway station.

5.13 pm: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi appeals for peace. "I will talk to the Maharashtra Chief Minister and take details of the situation," says Gogoi.

4.35 pm: Sources say 10 BEST buses have been damaged in the incident.

4.26 pm: Police say situation is now under control. RAF has been deployed at the site, Mumbai Police Commissioner and other senior officers are also at the site.

Two persons died and many others, including policemen, were injured when a protest against Assam riots on Saturday turned violent as demonstrators torched vehicles, including media vans, and pelted stones, leading the police to fire in the air and use batons to the disperse the unruly mob in Mumbai.

OB vans of three TV channels were also set on fire, and cameras of mediapersons were damaged.

Reports said some shops at the CST railway station subway were also attacked.

Hundreds of protesters had gathered at the Azad Maidan Ground in south Mumbai on Saturday afternoon following a call by a city-based organisation Raza Academy to denounce the violence in Assam.

Azad Maidan, a regular venue for protests, is located near local civic body headquarters and Mumbai CST railway station. The area wore a deserted look as policemen cordoned off the locality and patrolled the streets.

The situation has been brought under control, police said, adding cause of the violence was being probed.

Due to the unrest, suburban train services and road traffic were disrupted.

The injured are admitted at St George, GT and JJ Hospitals, officials at Disaster Control Room said.

Police said they were trying to ascertain the victims' identity. Security has been stepped up at religious places across the metropolis.

(With additional information from PTI)

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