A 25-year-old speech and hearing-impaired man tried to hand over a letter seeking a bank job to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during an event at Ralegaon Siddhi on Saturday. However, his attempts to do so triggered chaos and confusion, and he was stopped and detained by police.
The incident took place during the ground-breaking ceremony of the first solar project under the Chief Minister’s Agricultural Solar Feeder Scheme, and the inauguration of a workshop for a Gram Rakshak Dal. Fadnavis, along with some ministers and anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, were on the dais during the event.
According to local police, the youth, identified as Prashant Mahadev Kanade, was in the audience and he managed to reach the first row. As soon as Fadnavis started his speech, Kanade ran towards the stage with papers in his hand, said police.
“The police personnel present at the event stopped Kanade and detained him. We questioned him, noted down his details and inquired about his motives. It turned out that he is speech and hearing-impaired, and he was trying to get a job in a bank… he has also visited Mantralaya in Mumbai a couple of times, hoping to meet the CM… but he never got a positive response. So, when the chief minister came for the event, he tried to make the most of the opportunity by handing over the letter to the CM himself. He started to run towards the chief minister, but was stopped by police personnel,” said Inspector Hanamant Tathe from the Parner Police Station.
Soon after the incident, reports on news portals and social media started claiming that the youth was trying to throw ink on Fadnavis, as the latter didn’t listen to his demands. Some reports also claimed that the youth tried to throw a water bottle at Fadnavis and shouted slogans, before he could be stopped.
However, police have denied these reports and said that Kanade had only tried to run towards the stage, but was stopped and taken aside. Kanade, a resident of Mehkari in Ahmednagar, was allowed to go after preliminary inquiry. No criminal offence has been registered in this regard.