The 1998 as­sault

Mid Day - - CITY -

On May 22, 1998, Vit­thal Kadam’s brother Ne­taji had called him to his flat at Oshi­wara to dis­cuss a fam­ily dis­pute. The mo­ment Kadam rang the door bell, Ne­taji dragged him in­side and with the help of his sub­or­di­nate, Qureshi, over­pow­ered Kadam, threw chilli pow­der into his eyes, tied him with rope and started as­sault­ing him mer­ci­lessly with a wooden log. Luck­ily, some­one in­formed the po­lice, and a team from Oshi­wara po­lice sta­tion ar­rived at the flat and res­cued him. Kadam was taken to Cooper hospi­tal, where he was treated for his in­juries. Kadam then reg­is­tered a com­plaint at Oshi­wara po­lice sta­tion. “I was told to col­lect the FIR the next day, and I was sur­prised to see sec­tion 307 (at­tempt to mur­der), which was ear­lier in the FIR, was struck down and sec­tion 324 (Vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt by danger­ous weapons or means) added. Also, my state­ment, which said that an at­tempt was made to kill me, was over­writ­ten to ‘at­tempt made to threaten’ me.” The mat­ter was im­me­di­ately brought to the no­tice of the po­lice com­mis­sioner Ron­nie Men­donca, but noth­ing hap­pened. mid-day had pub­lished a re­port ‘Arms and the Men’ high­light­ing the in­ci­dent on May 24, 1998.

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