Shiv Sena MLA at­tacked for stalling Metro 3 work

The Free Press Journal - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER /

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.”

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