Bhiwandi tense after 20-year-old’s death

The RPI called a bandh on Monday demanding action against BJP MLA Mahesh Chaughule and alleged that his family members were involved in the assault on the youth that led to his death.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 16, 2016 3:29 am
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Vicky Dhephe, 20, died at J J Hospital on Sunday due to head injuries he suffered early Thursday.

Tension prevailed in Bhiwandi Sunday afternoon after RPI activists went on a rampage protesting the death of a youth.

The RPI called a bandh on Monday demanding action against BJP MLA Mahesh Chaughule and alleged that his family members were involved in the assault on the youth that led to his death.

Vicky Dhephe, 20, died at J J Hospital on Sunday due to head injuries he suffered early Thursday. Dhephe, along with two of his friends, were assaulted by a group of men armed with sticks and knives. His family members claimed the assailants were BJP members and relatives of party MLA from Bhiwandi West Mahesh Chaughule.

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Soon after the news of Dhephe’s death broke Sunday morning, his friends hit the streets resorting to stone pelting and forcing shops to shut down in Dhamankar Naka and Gauri Pada areas. Police said over a dozen vehicles were damaged, included two police vans. The mob also hurled stones at Chaughule’s house and damaged his car.

Normalcy was restored late evening. The police, meanwhile, registered a murder case and arrested two persons. The RPI demanded that Chaughule be booked too.

The BJP legislator, meanwhile, claimed that a scuffle between youths was being given a political colour and that he was unnecessarily being dragged into the issue. “It was a fight between two groups. I was not even present here. I was in Manali when this incident took place,” he said.

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    Bijan Mohanty
    May 16, 2016 at 7:08 am
    Jungle Raj and Gunda Raj after people voted BJP to power. Matter of thought.
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      Govind Sharma
      May 16, 2016 at 6:23 am
      Whatever Mahesh Chaugule said, is correct.lt;br/gt;It was fight betwen two group. The issue as, there was petty fight between two groups, one the goons of RPI Mahendra Gaikwad who is a corporator and has illegally occupied many space including slum pockets and another goons of Mahesh Chaugule, who was a corporator and first time MLA. Yes, he is notorious and extortionist. lt;br/gt;First, 9 people from RPI attacked on 3 people from Mahesh Chaugule's gang. Then 20 men fro m Chaugule's gang attacked on this and 1 died. lt;br/gt;This was example of extreme misuse of power. Mahesh Chaugule was not involved anywhere in this issue. lt;br/gt;Later, the RPIs burned effigy. broke shops (luckily our compound remained unaffected). Sadly, there is no action against them. Vegetable markets are shut, so the shops. The RPI gave it colour of caste and blamed RSS and BJP (not a single member from RSS was involved in this)lt;br/gt;Shame on RPI. They call themselves depressed, we are depressed. They are goon.
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        mik
        May 16, 2016 at 5:08 am
        Mahesh Chaughule is notorious person in the area, extorting money from builders to everything wrong, he is famous in the area.
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