Nine people were arrested by the Kulgaon Badlapur police on Friday for accompanying NCP corporator Ashish Damle in ransacking an ashram on Tuesday night.
While Damle, the main accused, is yet to be arrested, two constables - Anis Shaikh and Mayur Gaikwad, both 28 - who were with him during the incident have been suspended on Thursday. The accused were produced in Ulhasnagar court and were remanded in police custody for three days.
"We arrested nine of Damle’s aides on Friday. We scanned the CCTV camera footage and found them ransacking the ashram. We are interrogating them about Damle whereabouts,” said deputy superintendent HT Vhatkar.
Damle allegedly ransacked an ashram belonging to Ratnakar Maharaj in Badlapur with around 25 men. They allegedly manhandled people at the ashram and also robbed Rs1 lakh in cash.
Ratnakar Maharaj, who filed the complaint against Damle and his aides, said, “If he (Damle) has done nothing wrong, why is he hiding? Why can't he come forward and reveal the truth? The CCTV camera footage does not lie. We want him arrested.”
In the complaint, Ratnakar Maharaj said Damle was trying to forcibly take away a woman from the ashram. When the people at the ashram stopped him, the corporator and his men manhandled them.