Former state housing minister and National Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad was detained on Friday amid the rioting charge against him.
Mumbai: Former state housing minister and National Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad was detained on Friday amid the rioting charge against him. He was accused of disrupting a late-night screening of the Marathi movie ‘Har Har Mahadev’ at Thane’s Viviana Mall multiplex on November 7, police said.
Awhad, as he reiterated in a Twitter post in Marathi, called his arrest an “abuse of power” by the police. I am ready to fight even if they hang me, but I will not plead guilty to what I did not do,” he further wrote.
Awhad tweeted in Marathi and wrote, “At around 1 pm, the senior PI called me and asked me to collect the notice.” I informed them that I would be leaving for Mumbai and would provide them with personal notice. While I was at the police station, I was kept busy in talks, and DCP Vinay Rathod arrived, who told me, “They have orders to arrest me.”
Awhad and NCP party workers disrupted the late-night screening of the Marathi film “Har har Mahadev” on Monday night, claiming that the film misrepresents Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Vartak Nagar police filed an FIR against Awhad and 100 other party workers on Tuesday for intentionally making a disturbance and using criminal force in the theatre.
The arrest was made in response to a complaint from a businessman who stated that he and his wife had gone to see the movie in peace but were physically assaulted by NCP workers when they demanded a refund after the movie was interrupted. Additionally, he claimed that his wife had been attacked and harassed by NCP workers.
The MLA and the party workers were booked under IPC 141, 143, 146, 149, 323, and other sections of the Maharashtra Police Act.