A 50-year-old barber, who had a small folding knife in his pocket, tried to enter Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s residence in Bandra and was detained by the police on Friday. After questioning him, the police concluded that he had no sinister motive. However, Sharma was booked late Friday night under a bailable section of the the Maharashtra Police Act and would be released after his bail process is complete.
According to the Kherwadi police, the man, identified as Ram Milan Sharma (50), was in line to enter the Matoshree Bungalow in Bandra (East). Senior Police Inspector Sujata Patil, Kherwadi police, was in charge of security at the entrance. “Sharma seemed nervous. We took him aside and searched him and found the dagger,” Patil said.
He was immediately taken to the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone VIII) Virendra Mishra. After four hours of questioning, the police ruled out any ulterior motive on Sharma’s part. Mishra said, “We have verified his antecedents and he has no criminal record.”
“Sharma has told us that he has been facing some personal problems and has been recommended a ritual which involves cutting lemons in a specific way. For this, he keeps the small folding knife on his person. He simply forgot that he had the knife in his pocket. When he later realised it, he became nervous,” Mishra added.