Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Monday, April 25, arrested four accused, including Shiv Sena leader and former city mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, in connection with the attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya, whose car was pelted with stones on Saturday at the Khar police station where he went to meet arrested lawmaker couple from Amravati, MP Navneet Rana, and her MLA husband Ravi Rana.
Former Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar arrested by Mumbai Police in connection with an attack on BJP leader Kirit Somaiya: Mumbai Police
— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2022
The arrests took place on a day when a Somaiya-led BJP delegation met officials of the Union home ministry, including Minister of State (home), Nityanand Rai, and home secretary Ajay Bhalla, in connection with the incident. “Nityanand Rai assured BJP Delegation to take appropriate steps to Stop Abuse of Power & Assault,” the former Mumbai North-East MP posted on Twitter after the meeting.
गृहराज्य मंत्री (GOI) नित्यानंद राय यांनी भाजपच्या शिष्टमंडळाला शिवसेनेकडून सत्तेचा दुरुपयोग आणि भाजप नेत्यांवर हल्ले थांबवण्यासाठी योग्य पावले उचलण्याचे आश्वासन दिले
Nityanand Rai assured BJP Delegation to take appropriate steps to Stop Abuse of Power & Assault
— Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) April 25, 2022
Somaiya, had accused ‘100 Shivsena Gundas’ of pelting stones at his car. On Sunday, Maharashtra home minister Dilip Walse Patel confirmed that stones were indeed pelted at the BJP leader’s vehicle, adding that a case had been registered in the matter.
“I am shocked, in presence 50 police persons, in the compound/campus of Khar Police Station, Shivsena’s 100 Gundas assault me with Stones, Wanted to KILL Me,” his tweet had added.
I am shocked, in presence 50 police persons, in the compound/campus of Khar Police Station, Shivsena's 100 Gundas assault me with Stones, Wanted to KILL Me
What the Police Commissioner is doing?
How so many Mafia Sena Gundas allowed to gathered in police station? @BJP4India
— Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) April 23, 2022
Even former Maharashtra chief minister and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis shared a video that showed blood on Somaiya’s face and a shattered window pane on the latter’s car.
It’s a total collapse of law & order situation in Mumbai & Maharashtra!
Goons attacked @BJP4Maharashtra leader @KiritSomaiya ji right in front of Khar Police Station & in presence of police personnel.
This is absolutely unacceptable!
We demand strongest action !#Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/FXl7AMhQem
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) April 23, 2022
The alleged attack on Somaiya happened during his visit to Khar Police Station after Amravati MP Navneet Rana and her husband Ravi Rana (an MLA) were arrested earlier in the day a few hours after they decided not to recite the Hanuman Chalisa outside Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence.
The BJP and Sena are former allies who went their separate ways in late 2019. The Sena then entered into an alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress to form the MVA. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is the chief minister of Maharashtra.