Sena men who assaulted ex-navy man, rearrested


Mumbai, Sep 15 (IANS): In a crucial development, Mumbai Police on Tuesday re-arrested six Shiv Sainiks who allegedly attacked a retired navy sailor Madan Sharma days back leading to major outcry, officials said here.

They were produced before a Borivali magistrate court and remanded to 14 days' judicial custody.

Those arrested include: Kamlesh Kadam and Sanjay Manjare, both Shakha Pramukhs, besides activists Pratap Vera, Sunil Desai, Rakesh Mulik and Rakesh Belnekar.

The arrests by Samata Nagar police came after additional charges were invoked against them under Indian Penal Code Section 452 pertaining to house trespassing after preparation of assault, hurt and wrongful restraint in the first information report (FIR).

On September 11, Sharma, a former Chief Petty Officer had forwarded a cartoon depicting Shiv Sena President and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The forwarded WhatsApp message found its way to Kadam and others. The Sena men then stormed Sharma's house in Kandivali east and called him down in the society complex and assaulted him.

The issue snowballed into a political row with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh calling up the 65-year old Sharma and ex-servicemen protesting in New Delhi and other parts of India to protest the assault.

On Tuesday, Sharma went to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and recounted the incidents.

"When they were assaulting me, they alleged that I am with the BJP-RSS... Ok... from now on I am announcing that I am with the BJP-RSS," Sharma said after meeting the Governor.

Soon after the assault, the Shiv Sainiks had been arrested by the police but released on bail a few hours later, resulting in another political uproar.

Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant had castigated the move by the Defence Minister to call up Sharma even as the BJP Leaders of Opposition - Devendra Fadnavis (Assembly) and Pravin Darekar (Council) slammed the MVA government urging it to "stop the goonda-raj" in the state.

  

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    After 2014 our army, navy and Air Force been disrespectfully misused and thier impeccable records and glory has been exploited for political vested interest. Not enough of these atrocities money from defence budget stolen and provided with poor quality food and outfit. Pension, OROP and promotion as per merit has completely vanished and nepotism has taken hold. Hope those retired ex-veterans were paid appropriate pensions to come out and protest while they were not allowed to protest for injustice by the govt while they were serving. At the same time condemn in severe terms what Shiv Sena did to our veterans.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Man OROP started only after 2014, till 2014 congress not even aware about it....

    Baath kartha hai...

    There were zero OROP benificiary till 2014.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    But nobody complained that the pension money was swallowed up as it has happened recently. Oh yes, recently, meaning after 2014.

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