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Maharashtra crime: Ten booked for harassing women during discussion on panchayat poll in Navi Mumbai

Maharashtra crime: The Navi Mumbai Police in Maharashtra have registered a case against 10 men on charges of sexual harassment of women and rioting during a discussion on gram panchayat poll preparations in Navi Mumbai, an official said on Wednesday, the PTI reported.

According to the PTI, four women were injured in the incident which took place on Tuesday at Nhavagaon in Panvel, the official from Nhava Sheva police station said.

The women from the village were holding a discussion on preparations for the gram panchayat elections scheduled on November 5, senior police inspector Sanjeev Dhumal said, the news agency reported.

The accused arrived there and picked up a quarrel with the women. The accused allegedly tore the dress of one of the women, attacked the other victims with iron logs and abused them, the police said, as per the PTI.

Based on the complaint, a case was registered against 10 men under Indian Penal Code Sections 354A (sexual harassment), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) , 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 143, 149 (unlawful assembly) and 147 (rioting), they said.

A probe was on into the case, the police added.

Meanwhile, in an another incident, diamonds worth Rs 5.62 crore have been allegedly stolen from a gems company store in Mumbai over six months following which police have arrested three persons, including two employees of the firm, an official said on Wednesday, reported the PTI.

The complainant approached the police claiming diamonds worth Rs 5.62 crore were missing from their stock, the official from BKC police station said, as per the PTI.

The complainant suspected that the firm's employees, Prashant Shah and Vishal Shah, both from Kandivali, were stealing diamonds from their store since April, he said.

Nilesh Shah, a former employee of the firm, allegedly helped the duo in selling the stolen diamonds, the police said quoting the FIR.

The police have arrested the three accused and booked them under relevant Indian Penal Code sections, including 420 (cheating), the official said. An investigation was on into the case, the police added, the PTI reported.

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