The Turbhe police on Tuesday arrested a husband-wife duo of newly elected corporators for allegedly assaulting a journalist from a television news channel on Monday.
They couple was later released on bail.
Independent corporator, M. K. Madhvi, and his wife Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator, Vinaya, were allegedly involved in a scuffle with Vinay Mhatre, a reporter with IBN-Lokmat after the election results were announced on Monday.
Madhvi was not available for comment but has reportedly denied Mhatre’s allegations.
Madhvi is a former NCP corporator who was denied a party ticket after his name got embroiled in a scam in Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation over inflated bills for demolition drives.
He was arrested in the case and released on bail a few months ago. Madhvi has denied all allegations against him claiming his opponents have framed him.
Mhatre said the couple, on seeing him after the results, started abusing him. “They and their supporters attacked me. They were upset with the corruption charges against them being mentioned on my channel while announcing the results.”
Mhatre filed a complaint with the Turbhe police. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ashok Dudhe, said, “We have booked the two for rioting and causing hurt.”
Prakash More, senior police inspector, Turbhe police station said the matter is being investigated. “We are also identifying others involved in the incident. We will take the help of the video footage from channels, if required,” he said.