Mumbai Police deports international parkour group
Six members of an internationally renowned parkour group were deported out of India by Mumbai Police on Wednesday (November 28). The group was questioned at Dadar police station on Tuesday after a complaint from a residential society in Prabhadevi, Mumbai was filed.
According to the complaint, the free-runners performed stunts on the society residents’ terraces without a prior permission. The case with the police left the parkour practitioners confused. Cyrus Khan, who is a parkour trainer, was with the group at the police station. According to Khan the group thought they were doing something which according to them was normal and was also normal to do in other cities.
“Parkour is a discipline and the group was creating physical fitness awareness,” Khan said.
The group held by the police is called Storrer. They were in Mumbai, Maharashtra as they were speakers at TEDx Gateway 2018 taking place on December 2 at National Sports Club of India (NSCI), Worli, Mumbai. TEDx is an event where people speak to an audience and share ideas, inspire and inform.
The listings of this group were removed from the TEDx event page after the incident. A mail sent to TEDx Gateway on their press query mail ID remained unanswered.
Jayant Nate, president, Babasaheb Ambedkar Housing society said, “We were scared that our children might also perform these dangerous stunts. A resident of the building was looking out of his window for mobile network spotted these people on the terrace. As they were foreigners he asked them what they were doing. They didn’t reply and kept performing the stunts. The resident then recorded their videos.”
“Once the matter was brought to our notice in a society meeting, it was reported to the police. When we met this group at the police station on Tuesday night, they told us that they found out about our building through Google Maps. They had not taken permission to enter the building. The terrace doors are closed but they used the duct, on top floor, which leads to the terrace for entry and exit. It was 10th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks and these guys were foreigners so we panicked,” Nate added.