By SANTOSHEE GULABKALI MISHRA
Police had denied the incident of an officer with the Navghar police being assaulted by Bharatiya Janata Party workers in the police station earlier this month, but a station diary entry made by the officer concerned indicates that BJP Member of Parliament Kirit Somaiya assaulted him on the day in question.
On August 21 this year, news of a police inspector with the Navghar police station in Mulund being assaulted by BJP party workers did the rounds and was denied by the police, who said that it was only an incident of heated words being exchanged.
The same day, a diary entry was made by Police Inspector Satpal Munde, which Newsline has access to. The entry states that Munde had summoned BJP party worker Parikshit Dhume to the police station in connection with a clash between party workers of the BJP and the Nationalist Congress Party. While this was going on, Somaiya allegedly barged into the police station with five to six BJP party workers. “Somaiya barged into the detection room of the police station along with five to six party workers and hit me on the right hand, after which he loudly asked why his party worker was called to the police station without him being asked,” the entry reads.
When asked about the matter, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 7) Vinay Rathod said, “It is true that Somaiya had intervened in the matter. I had personally asked Munde at the time whether he wanted to register a case, but he refused. It was a minor incident and diary entries are made by police station officials whenever a politician visits the concerned police station. Nothing warranting an FIR had happened.”
Sources with the Navghar police claim that the entire incident occurred in front of Senior Police Inspector Ganesh Gaikwad, Navghar police station. Gaikwad remained unavailable for comment. When contacted, Somaiya responded with a text message saying, “Sorry. You may ask Police Commissioner or other such senior officials in this regard.”