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Violent protests over ‘insult’ of Shivaji by BJP member in Ahmednagar

Sena workers pelted stones at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office near Gandhi Maidan, calling for a bandh (shut-down) in the city, after BJP member and deputy mayor Shripad Chindam allegedly used “objectionable” words while speaking about Shivaji.

pune Updated: Feb 17, 2018 16:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Representatives from the Shiv Sena and Maratha outfits protest as police attempt to keep the calm in Ahmednagar on Friday.(HT PHOTO)

Pune Tension prevailed in Ahmednagar city, western Maharashtra, after members of the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and some Maratha outfits protested against an alleged “insult” of Chhatrapati Shivaji by the deputy mayor.

Sena workers pelted stones at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office near Gandhi Maidan, calling for a bandh (shut-down) in the city, after BJP member and deputy mayor Shripad Chindam allegedly used “objectionable” words while speaking about Shivaji.

Late in the evening, city BJP unit chief and member of parliament in the Lok Sabha, Dilip Gandhi said the party has decided to suspend Chindam. “We have decided to dismiss him for his words.”

Sena members ransacked a BJP office, after which, police bought the situation under control.

Chindam ticked off a municipal corporation employee on Friday morning for not doing his work. When the employee said he was tied up with work related to Shiv Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Shivaji, which falls on February 19, Chindam is reported to have used “insulting language” about the iconic 17th century king.

The employee recorded the conversation on his phone and shared it on WhatsApp, according to police officials.

“We have deputed a police force at the BJP office and other sensitive locations. The situation is now under control,” said inspector Abhay Parmar of Kotwali police station.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 16:29 IST