Two cross non-cognisable complaints have been registered at Kalachowky police station after a brawl broke out between hotelier and Samajwadi Party leader Farhan Azmi and the staff of a school van at Lalbaug on Saturday night.
Azmi has also written a letter to the Mumbai police commissioner seeking an FIR against eight to nine people, who he alleged are from Shiv Sena, failing which he would agitate. The owner of the school service van, meanwhile, said his employees were assaulted by Azmi and his bodyguard.
The incident occurred at Sai Baba Road at around 8.30pm when Azmi had gone for a haircut with his 12-year-old nephew and bodyguard. He alleged while he was getting his hair cut his bodyguard, Rampal Yadav, called him as he was being abused by a group of men.
The men were demanding that Azmi’s BMW be moved from the spot where it was parked. Azmi alleged that he saw nine to 10 people punching and kicking Yadav.
In the letter to the police chief, Azmi said he too was assaulted. “Two men who clearly looked like they had agenda behind this hurled abuses at me and physically assaulted me as well and threatened and warned us in Marathi language that a Muslim non-Marathi’s car will not be tolerated in the area,” he wrote.
Aadesh Mhatre, who runs the school van service, refuted the allegations and gave his version. “Two college-going youths working with me and my driver were assaulted. As one of them was getting our van out of the parking, he requested Azmi’s bodyguard to move his car as it was coming in the way,” he said.
“The body guard abused and brutally assaulted him. The two others who came to his rescue were also assaulted,” Mhatre said, adding that he will approach the police chief fearing harm to his employees. “My employees did not know whose car was it. Azmi was under the influence of alcohol and he tried to add communal colour to the issue at the police station,” said Mhatre.
“We have registered a cross complaint. The brawl was the result of a parking issue and nothing else,” said Ashok Dudhe, deputy commissioner of police, zone 4.