Mumbai: A Mumbai court on Sunday extended the police custody of 23 people arrested in connection with the violence near Azad Maidan on August 11 in that left two dead and more than 50 injured.
The Esplanade metropolitan magistrate court remanded to police custody till August 24 the accused who are charged with murder, dacoity, rioting, and arson, destruction of property and molestation of women constables.
They were allegedly among the group of people who set media and police vehicles on fire and desecrated the Amar Jawan memorial dedicated to the Unknown Soldier at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station.
The Mumbai crime branch told the court that they want to trace the other people involved in the violence and only those arrested can identify them.
The police also said they needed more time to ascertain the "intention and the motive" behind the violence and recover a pistol used on the day.
At least two people were killed and over 50, including around 40 cops, were injured on Aug 11 in violence that erupted at a protest meeting in Mumbai organised to decry the Assam violence, triggering arson and attack on the mediapersons and cops.