Am­ber­nath tense af­ter youth slaps Athavale at rally

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Pradeep Gupta

Am­ber­nath: A youth slapped min­is­ter of state for so­cial jus­tice and em­pow­er­ment Ram­das Athavale here dur­ing a Repub­li­can Party of In­dia (RPI-A) func­tion on Satur­day night. Party work­ers caught hold of the youth, as­saulted him, and handed him over to the po­lice.

The po­lice tight­ened se­cu­rity as the city was tense af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Athavale had come to ad­dress a pub­lic rally of the party at Ne­taji Chowk in Am­ber­nath (west). Po­lice said that Athavale, af­ter com­plet­ing his speech, was leav­ing the stage when he was slapped. An­gry party work­ers pounced on the youth al­most im­me­di­ately, said the po­lice.

Po­lice in­spec­tor Naren­dra Patil con­firmed the as­sault on Athavale. The po­lice said they had de­tained the youth, Pravin Gosavi, but were yet to find out the rea­son for the at­tack. As the party has its strong­hold in the city, the po­lice beefed up se­cu­rity to avoid any un­to­ward in­ci­dent.

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