February 14, 2012 5:09:12 am
The Dindoshi police arrested a 30-year-old youth on Sunday night for ramming his car into seven vegetable vendors in Santosh Nagar in Malad (East) allegedly ahead of a Shiv Sena campaign in the area.
According to the eyewitnesses and Dindoshi police,Shiv Sena candidate Manisha Sadashiv Patil had organised a campaign when the alleged incident took place. While making arrangements at the venue,Patils supporters asked the vegetable vendors in the market to join the campaign.
We had just begun our sales,and since it was Sunday,we could not leave our shops and attend the campaign. We told them that we would not vacate the place. Around 6 pm,the Sena activists began placing chairs and tables for the event,pushing us to one side. When we objected,one of the activists identified as Sushil Bapkar,who was in an inebriated state,got angry and threatened us, said Mohan Singh,one of the seven vendors who was injured in the incident.
When we protested,he got into a Maruti Van and hit us, added Singh. The eyewitnesses told the police that the van had rammed into more than 15 people,including customers who were buying vegetables. The police reached the spot and rushed the injured to Bhagwati Hospital,where they were detected with fractures and other minor injuries.
Vinayak Kakde,senior inspector of Dindoshi police station,said they had arrested Bapkar for rash and negligent driving and sent him for a medical check-up to ascertain whether he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
We are waiting for the reports and trying to confirm whether Bapkar is a Shiv Sena activist, Kakde added.
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