The 1998 assault
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.