Cong worker ‘ as­saulted’ by Rane’s son joins Sena The case

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE -

A Congress func­tionary from Konkan, who had ac­cused for­mer Congress MP Nilesh Rane of as­sault­ing him, joined the Shiv Sena on Sat­ur­day.

San­deep Sawant, for­mer Congress pres­i­dent of Chiplun taluka, was wel­comed in the Sena by party pres­i­dent Ud­dhav Thack­eray.

Nilesh, son of for­mer chief min­is­ter Narayan Rane, had been ar­rested by the Chiplun po­lice, af­ter he sur­ren­dered fol­low­ing a com­plaint by Sawant in April that he had been as­saulted.

Nilesh’s sur­ren­der had come against the back­drop of a May 23 dead­line set by the Bom­bay High Court, which he had moved, seek­ing an­tic­i­pa­tory bail.

Nilesh was ac­cused of al­legedly kid­nap­ping and as­sault­ing Sawant in April.

Ac­cord­ing to the FIR, Rane and oth­ers al­legedly kid- Ac­cord­ing to the FIR, Rane and oth­ers al­legedly kid­napped Sawant from Chiplun and as­saulted him en route to Mum­bai for not at­tend­ing a rally or­gan­ised by Rane to de­mand reser­va­tion for the Maratha com­mu­nity. napped Sawant from Chiplun and as­saulted him en route to Mum­bai for not at­tend­ing a rally or­gan­ised by Rane to de­mand reser­va­tion for the Maratha com­mu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to Sawant, he did not at­tend the Chiplun rally be­cause his mother was ill. Sawant was al­legedly con­fined to a house in And­heri and later let off. He then reached Thane and got ad­mit­ted to a hospi­tal.

The Thane po­lice reg­is­tered a case. Narayan Rane had vis­ited Sawant in the hospi­tal, re­port­edly to re­quest him to with­draw the com­plaint against his son Nilesh, but Sawant re­fused to budge.

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