13 MNS workers arrested in Pune for dacoity, beating hawkers
The suspects have been charged under Sections 395 (dacoity), 322 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) after a complaint was lodged by Gulab Hasan Gulabnabi Bagwan (48), a hawker from Jaideonagar on Sinhagad road against them in Sinhagad police station.pune Updated: Nov 04, 2017 14:59 IST
The police on Friday arrested 13 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists and charged them with dacoity in connection with the violence against unauthorised hawkers on the footpath near Rajaram Bridge on Thursday. The MNS workers on Thursday had assaulted non-Marathi speaking hawkers with sticks and boots and vandalised their stalls before evicting them from the area forcibly.
The suspects have been charged under Sections 395 (dacoity), 322 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) after a complaint was lodged by Gulab Hasan Gulabnabi Bagwan (48), a hawker from Jaideonagar on Sinhagad road against them in Sinhagad police station.
Bagwan in his complaint stated that a mob of 40-50 people attacked him and decamped with cash estimated to be worth ₹26,500. The MNS activists raised slogans in favour of their party and physically assaulted the hawkers with sticks and kicked him and his colleagues, said Bagwan.
Inspector (crime) Baban Khodade of Sinhagad road police station said that 13 MNS workers were arrested and taken to hospital for their medical test and will be produced in the court on Saturday.
According to the police, the suspects armed with bamboo sticks physically assaulted the hawkers who are non-Marathis, police said. Meanwhile, former state home minister and former Cantonment MLA Ramesh Bagwe and Congress supporters met Pune police commissioner Rashmi Shukla and demanded strict action MNS workers.
Speaking to HT, Bagwe said, “The MNS workers cannot take the law into their own hands and physically assault hawkers who are licence holders and conducting their business for years.” Bagwe also handed over a memorandum to the police commissioner requesting speedy arrests of all MNS activists involved in the attacks.