MLA at­tacked with sword af­ter dandiya night, es­capes un­hurt

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ma­teen.Hafeez@ times­group.com

Mum­bai: A group of uniden­ti­fied per­sons at­tacked the body­guard and a sup­porter of Shiv Sena MLA Tukaram Kate in Mankhurd early on Satur­day. A po­lice con­sta­ble, Yesh­war Du­ru­gade, who was de­ployed as the MLA’s body­guard, and party worker Ki­ran Sawant were in­jured in the at­tack. Kate, who rep­re­sents the Anushakti Na­gar assem­bly con­stituency, es­caped un­hurt.

Kate was re­turn­ing with his sup­port­ers af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Navra­tri cel­e­bra­tion when the in­ci­dent took place be­tween mid­night and 12.15 am in Ma­ha­rash­tra Na­gar lo­cal­ity. A sword which was used in the at­tack has been found. A case of at­tempt to mur­der has been reg­is­tered. The as­sailants fled in a car.

Sawant, the party worker, sus­tained in­juries to the fin­gers while fend off the at­tacker. Sawant and the in­jured con­sta­ble were rushed to a nearby hos­pi­tal. They are re­ported to be out of dan­ger.

The po­lice said they are work­ing to track down the ac­cused and probe the mo­tive be­hind the at­tack. “We have booked five to six peo­ple for at­tempt to mur­der,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer. The po­lice sus­pect that the as­sailants fled the lo­cal­ity soon af­ter the at­tack.

The po­lice said one the­ory be­ing ex­plored is that the at­tack is the hand­i­work of con­trac­tors dump­ing de­bris col­lected from the pro­posed Metro car shed site in the lo­cal­ity where the at­tack took place.

“Lo­cals had ag­i­tated against the dump­ing of the de­bris near their area. Work on the Metro car shed work is go­ing on and sev­eral trucks and dumpers used to pass from the area to dump the de­bris. The res­i­dents had held a mor­cha and Kate had sup­ported them. The po­lice are also prob­ing the role of some peo­ple con­nected with this is­sue to see if they had any role to play in this at­tack,” said an of­fi­cer. “The po­lice are also try­ing to col­lect the CCTV footage from the area to iden­tify the as­sailants and to try and piece to­gether the se­quence of events,” said a po­lice source.

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