A SCUFFLE broke out between two factions of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) during a meeting in Deonar on Tuesday evening. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik, who was addressing the meeting, alleged that he was attacked by former Member of Parliament and fellow NCP leader Sanjay Dina Patil at the meeting. Malik also alleged that there had been firing during the incident.
As per police, the incident took place in Deonar where Malik was having a meeting with partymen when Patil, along with supporters, reached the spot.
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They started raising slogans and soon it led to a heated argument between the two sides with several supporters throwing chairs around.
Later, Malik alleged that Patil and his followers were carrying a firearm that they fired, and Patil alleged that his men were attacked by Malik. Police are investigating the claims.
Mumbai police spokesperson Ashok Dudhe said, “A meeting of NCP workers was going on in Deonar. A scuffle broke out between two factions of the party. There was firing on the spot and the zonal deputy commissioner is investigating the incident.” An officer added that all the supporters had reached the Deonar police station under whose jurisdiction the incident took place.
“We are recording statements of both sides currently and depending upon allegations, we will take a cross complaint in the case,” said an officer investigating the case.
Sanjay Dina Patil, a former NCP MP, has strongly refuted the charges of assault by party spokesperson Nawab Malik.
Patil said, “Malik’s allegations are unfounded and fabricated. I attended the public meeting as I was invited by the party. The decision was taken at a meeting. But when I went, Malik’s supporters charged at me and created a ruckus.”
Referring to Malik’s complaint he said, “Do you think anybody carry gun or any weapons at the public meeting. It is an absolute lie.”