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Ramtek by-poll: tension prevails in Ramtek

Cops register offences against Narayan Rane and Subodh Mohite for provoking a mob and beating Shiv Sena activists, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2007 22:39 IST

Tension prevails at Katol township in the district, some 55 kms from Nagpur on Saturday, when the police registered offences against the Maharashtra Revenue minister, Narayan Rane and the Congress candidate, Subodh Mohite for provoking a mob and beating Shiv Sena activists.

The trouble sparked off following the scuffle between the Sena and Congress workers during a “Road Show” of the PCC chief Prabha Rau, Rane and the Congress nominee, Mohite that was passing through the Sena office there. The police had to resort to lathi charge for dispersing the erring mob.

Ramesh Mishra of Sena alleged that some people from the Congress rally pelted stones at the office of the Sena and its supporters. The mob, which was instigated, by Rane and Mohite also stormed the office and smashed the furniture of the office.

The frenzy mob even beat up several Sena workers in, which two were injured critically. They were identified as: Anna Warghat and Anil Bansod. The Sena workers at Katol immediately forced locals to close down their shops in protest against the incident, he added.

When the matter was brought before the Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray, who was camping here for the last one week, he immediately sent the leader of the Opposition, Ramdas Kadam to lodge a complaint with the police. Adam lodged a compliant against Rane and Mohite. The Katol police registered offences of 147, 148, 149, 295, 504,506, 323, 395 and 307 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

However, Rane dismissed the Sena charges. Instead, a group of Sena activists, who gathered there, were trying disrupting the Congress Road Show by pelting stones at it. “We are planning to lodge complaint against them,” he further said.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Yashashri Yadav, the superintendent of police (SP) Nagpur district, admitted that the police had lodged complaint against Rane and Mohite on the basis of a complain. “We have not arrested any one so far. An appropriate action will be taken after an investigation,” he said and claimed that the situation at Katol was totally under control.

Meanwhile, the campaigning for the by-election of Ramtek Lok Sabha constituency came to a close on Saturday with the Congress, the Sena and the Congress rebel, Ranjit Deshmukh organising impressive road shows.

First Published: Apr 07, 2007 22:24 IST