Mumbai: Four people including Shiv Sena’s Kamlesh Kadam have been arrested so far in connection with attack on a retired Navy officer today said Mumbai Police.
An FIR had been registered in Samta Nagar Police Station, Mumbai against Kadam and his 8-10 associates for beating up a former Navy officer.
A 62-year-old retired Navy officer was beaten up by alleged Shiv Sena workers after he forwarded a cartoon on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on WhatsApp on Friday.
‘A government like this should not exist’
Madan Sharma told PTI that he was attacked by 8 to 10 people after he received threatening calls for a message that he had forwarded.
“I have worked for the nation my entire life. A government like this should not exist,” said Sharma.
The daughter of the retired officer also slammed the Mumbai Police saying the cops came to their residence and insisted on taking her father with them.
Sharma sustained an eye injury and is being treated at the hospital.
Reacting to the incident, BJP and opposition leader in Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis expressed shock and appealed to the state’s Chief Minister to take action against the accused people.
‘People of Maharashtra not afraid of Sena’s hooliganism’
“An extremely sad and shocking incident. A retired naval officer got beaten up by goons because of just a Whatsapp forward. Please stop this GundaRaj Hon Uddhav Thackeray ji. We demand strong action and punishment to these goons,” Fadnavis tweeted, along with a picture of the officer.
Sharma was attacked in Lokhandwala Complex area in suburban Kandivali.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar told Times Now that a local ‘Shakha Pramukh’ of Sena called the ex-Navy official and asked him to come down from his building. However, as soon Sharma came down around eight people thrashed him for allegedly forwarding a cartoon of Thackeray on WhatsApp.
“I want to tell the Maharashtra CM, who is also the chief of Sena, that citizens of Maharashtra will not be afraid of hooliganism and will not remain silent,” he said.