Pune police arrested six people, including Shiv Sena city unit chief Sanjay More, a few hours after raiding former minister Uday Samant’s vehicle on Tuesday evening, officials said.
Apart from More, other suspects include Sambhaji Thorve, organizer of Sena leader Aditya Thackeray’s rally in Katraj, party workers Rajesh Palaskar, Chandan Salunkhe, Suraj Lokhande and Rupesh Pawar.
Commenting on the police action, More said, “Since Aditya Thackeray’s public rally was a huge hit, the police have taken action against the Shiv Sainiks.”
As soon as Thackeray finished his rally and left the venue, Samant was attacked and Shiv Sainiks reportedly blocked the road.
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Samant was on his way to visit the residence of Eknath Shinde camp loyalist Tanaji Samant when his SUV was pelted with stones in Pune’s Katraj area.
Samant, who was in the front seat during the attack, escaped unhurt.
However, the rear glass of Samant’s SUV is completely shattered.
Samant, a minister in the erstwhile Uddhav Thackeray government, was among the 40 MLAs who joined the Shinde camp during the rebellion in the Shiv Sena in June.
A case under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against 15 people at Bharti Vidyapeeth police station and further investigation is underway, officials said.
Initially, Samant filed a complaint at Kothrud police station but the case was transferred to Bharati Vidyapeeth police station.
“I was stopped at a traffic signal in Katra. Two-three vehicles followed me. People came out and attacked me. The attackers were carrying sticks and stones,’ said Samant.
After the attack, Chief Minister Shinde said that the police would take strict action against the attackers.
“This is not an act of courage. Shinde said that those behind this will be punished.
A video of a large group trying to vandalize the vehicle in which Samant was sitting in the front seat is doing the rounds on social media.
The crowd was reportedly raising slogans against Samant and CM Shinde as “traitors”.