Several people were hurt and one died when police baton charged unruly demonstrators protesting against water cuts in front of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation on Thursday.
An unspecified number of protestors received injuries when the riot police used force to disperse them after they tried to force their way into the BMC headquarters in south Mumbai this afternoon, officials said.
The agitators from several parts of the city and its suburbs had started collecting in front of the BMC office since noon under the umbrella of an NGO--"Swabhiman" to protest 15 per cent cut introduced by the local body in view of the water shortage due to scanty monsoon.
Waving red flags and shouting slogans against BMC, the agitators pulled down barricades put up by the police and tried to barge into the Corporation headquarters, prompting the security personnel to lathicharge.
Claiming that nobody was seriously injured in police action, sources said the area has been cleared of the agitators.