After Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) workers clashed over a parking issue late Monday night in Nerul, the police arrested 16 people — members of both parties.
This included NCP corporator Ashok Gawde and Sameer Phadtatre, son of Shiv Sena candidate Shankar Phadtare, who had contested against him. They were all released on bail on Tuesday evening.
According to Ashok Gawde: “I had parked my vehicle in the society complex and gone to attend the puja being conducted there. When I returned, I found another vehicle parked in a way that it was obstructing my vehicle.”
“The watchman told me that he had asked Sameer not to park there but he had insisted on doing so,” added Gawde.
In his complaint to the police, Gawde stated: “When I asked Sameer about the parking, he started abusing me. This resulted in an argument.”
Gawde said he was attacked by Sameer and his friends Sagar Barve, Rajendra Barve and Mangla Barve.
There was a cross complaint by Sameer as well. He accused Ashok Gawde along with his supporter Nikhil Phonse, Sameer Gawde, Santosh Bhor and others of attacking him and his friends. Sameer’s father Shankar said: “Gawde knows me well and could have contacted me if my son had abused him.
He should not have attacked him. This smacks of political vendetta.” R Galdhar, senior police inspector of Nerul police station said: “Following the cross complaint, we arrested those named in the complaints and presented them in the court on charges of assault. In all, 16 people were arrested.”