Shiv Sena leader who assaulted woman cop must never drive again: Police

  • Shashikant Kothekar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 27, 2016 14:22 IST
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray had condemned the incident, but claimed that Kalgude was not a member of the Sena. (Kunal Patil/ HT Photo)

The traffic police have recommended permanent suspension of the driving licence of Shiv Sena Shakhapramukh Shashikant Kalgude, 44, for beating up an on-duty lady traffic constable.

Traffic DCP Rashmi Karandikar has written a letter to Thane RTO to terminate Kalgude’s driving licence permanently.

“Attacking a woman officer is a serious offence, so I have written a letter to the RTO that his driving licence should be terminated for life. He has previous crime record too. He is behind the bars now,” said Karandikar.

Around 1130AM on Thursday, Kalgude was driving his Scorpio while talking on his mobile phone.

Seeing this, on- duty traffic constable, Seema Kale, 29, stopped him and asked for his driving licence and the vehicle documents.

Suddenly, Kalgude started abusing her and slapped the constable.

Watch: Shiv Sena Leader assaults woman cop

He even punched her on the nose after which she started bleeding. Other police and onlookers caught hold of Kalgude and handed him over to Naupada police.

He was then produced in a magistrate court and was remanded to police custody. When he was produced in jail, many Shiv Sena workers, including Sena corporators, gathered around to protest.

After the news of violence spread, Shiv Sena guardian minister Eknath Shinde published a blog that Kalgude is not a Sena member. Even Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray tweeted that it is a shameful incident and has no political backing.

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