The investigations into the alleged firing incident, involving Nitesh Rane, has now been handed over to the crime branch.
Additional commissioner of police (crime) Deven Bharti confirmed to Hindustan Times that the crime branch will be taking over the investigations from the Khar police, where the case was lodged after the state Revenue Minister Narayan Rane’s son allegedly fired at the president of the Vahtuk Sangathna, the transport union wing of Swabhimaan, Chintu Shaikh last week.
“We will get the papers by Monday and will go through it in order to understand the case,” Bharti told Hindustan Times. The decision comes after Shaikh met Home Minister RR Patil two days ago.
Shaikh and his family had alleged that the police was going slow in the investigations due to Rane’s clout and claimed the police had failed to arrest Nitesh for the same reason.
Shaikh has told the police that he had gone to the Khar office of the Sangathna to distribute sweets as his wife had delivered a son.
However, some members of the organisation objected to the distribution of sweets, which led to an altercation. Following this, Nitesh fired a shot, which ricocheted of the bulletproof glasses of the office and hit him on his cheek. The incident took place on September 23 and the police charged Nitesh with attempt to murder.
The police claim they haven’t come across any evidence, which suggests that firing had taken place at Nitesh’s office.