The Versova police on Wednesday registered a case of assault and rioting against five unidentified persons after they allegedly manhandled Sadashiv Amrapurkar and a cameraman with a television channel at the actor's Versova-based building.
The police said the accused were agitated as the cameraman, on Amrapurkar's information, was filming the rain dance party in their building. According to the Versova police, Amrapurkar lives in Panchadhara building at Yari Road, Andheri (West). A reporter from TV9 approached him around 2pm for an interview to speak about water shortage and celebrating dry Holi.
Amrapurkar, the police said, told the reporter that it was futile to talk about water conservation as there was a rain dance party in progress in his neighbouring building, Panchavati. The reporter then told Amrapurkar that a cameraman would film the rain dance.
“Around 5pm, as the cameraperson was filming the rain dance, the accused physically assaulted him. When my father intervened, they hurled obscenities at him and manhandled him as well,” said Ketaki, the actor's daughter.
The police said the party was in progress from 10am on Wednesday and went on till 5pm when the incident occurred.
“We have registered a case against under relevant sections of the IPC. We are in the process of identifying the accused,” said an officer from Versova police. Preeti Sompura, associate editor at TV9, said, “We condemn the assault and the fact that our cameraperson, Charan Margam, was attacked for no fault of his own. It is a shame that he had to face this ordeal.”