Shutdown in Malegaon to protest alleged police beatingOctober 23rd, 2008 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS
Malegaon (Maharashtra), Oct 23 (IANS) An all-party shutdown was observed in Malegaon Thursday to protest the “savage beating” of five Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) office bearers, allegedly by the police, three days ago. The MNS functionaries have filed a court complaint against the police, stating that on Tuesday they were encircled by about 25 commandos and severely thrashed after being deceitfully taken to a spot outside the town where they had enforced a road blockade earlier protesting their leader Raj Thackeray’s arrest in Ratnagiri that day.
“We were told to get down at the road blockade spot, encircled by the commandos who were ordered to beat us to death,” said Shriram Sonawne, a functionary whose hand was fractured in the alleged beating.
The five, who have suffered fractures in their hands, legs and ribs, were taken to the government hospital in Nashik Wednesday after their statements were recorded by the local court in Malegaon.
The court has ordered the Nashik district civil surgeon to examine the wounds and submit a report within two days, Gawli said.
While additional superintendent of police Sanjay Patil denied the allegations, superintendent of police Nikhil Gupta told IANS that appropriate action will be taken against whoever is found guilty in the incident being probed by the court.