Riot: Mob calls for ‘murderer’

2009-10-20 00:00

CHAOS broke out at the Amaoti police station near Phoenix,when a crowd bayed for the blood of a person rumoured to have been arrested for murder.

Rubber bullets were used to disperse the angry crowd.

On Sunday evening, 500 residents marched to the station and demanded that police hand over a suspect they thought was being held for murder.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Jay Naicker said someone started a rumour that a murder suspect was being held, and the crowd refused to believe police when they told them it was not so.

“They continued to argue with police and soon became violent. They started to throw bottles and stones,” he said.

Riot police were called in and rubber bullets were fired. Five people were arrested for public violence.

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