Shiv Sena MLA attacked for stalling Metro 3 work
Shiv Sena legislator Tukaram Ramkrishna Kate, 50, was attacked with a sword by five or six unknown people on Friday night in Mankhurd. While he escaped unhurt, his security guard and a party worker were injured. Police said the accused were allegedly goons from RCC Enterprises, which supervises the ongoing Metro 3 work at Mankhurd.
Kate and his party workers had stalled this work since it was inconveniencing residents in the area.
The incident occurred at Swardharm Pratishthan Mandal, Trimurti building, Mankhurd, where Kate was attending a Navratri celebration. Five to six persons barged into the premises from the building’s gate Number 6 on Friday, at 12.05 am,
armed with choppers, a pistol and swords. They asked Kate and his aides who had halted the Metro work on Friday night and why a truck was not allowed to enter the premises of the Metro car shed at Mankhurd.
A truck had entered the premises of the Metro carshed but the Sena leader, along with a few of his supporters, reached the spot to stop the work. Afterwards, they returned from the carshed to the mandal, when the unidentified men attacked them. One of the accused wielded a sword and tried to attack Kate on his head and threatened to kill him, when Sunil alias Kiran Ganpat Sawant, 31, a Shiv Sena party worker intervened. Sawant sustained injuries on his right finger. Yashwant Dorugade, 40, Kate’s security guard, snatched the sword from the accused in order to save Kate and Sawant and sustained injuries on his right hand. After the incident, the accused fled in a car towards the Sion-Panvel highway. Dorugade called the control room and informed police about the incident. Dorugade and Sawant were treated at Shatabdi Hospital in Govandi. On October 8, Kate, who is representing the Anushakti Nagar constituency since 2014, had led a protest along with Sena leader Rahul Shewale, demanding that work on the Metro line 3 be stopped at Mankhurd.Prakash Salvi, senior police inspector, Trombay, said, “Matesh Londhe, Rahul Pawar, Sandeep Putla, Om Prakash, Kuldeep Aade, Nilesh Rane, Navnath Matkar and five to six other unknown persons have been booked by the police. They have been booked for rioting (Section 147), rioting, armed with deadly weapon (Section 148), unlawful assembly (Section 149), attempt to murder (Section 307), voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means (Section 324), intentional insult to provoke breach of peace (Section 504) and criminal intimidation (Section 506) of the Indian Penal Code. The accused were known to Aade and Om Prakash, who are the owners of RCC enterprises.”