A police constable was today injured during a clash between Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Shiv Sena workers after both parties alleged that cash was being distributed to voters in suburban Trombay, police said.
At least 18 Shiv Sena workers including Kamini, wife of Rahul Shewale contesting from South Central Lok Sabha constituency were booked under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), among others of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Trombay police station, said Senior Inspector Vijay Kadam
“Two people associated with Shiv Sena have been arrested in the case involving the incident which occurred at about 1 AM,” he added.
Other candidates contesting from the constituency include Eknath Gaikwad from Congress and Aditya Shirodkar belonging to MNS.
According to police, Constable Vikas Thorbole was patrolling the area when he received information that a heated argument has erupted between the Sena and MNS workers.
Sena workers alleged that MNS was distributing cash in a vehicle. The MNS workers also made similar allegations against the Sena, police said.
While the MNS vehicle was being taken to police station, workers from both parties clashed and pelted stones at each other during which constable Thorbole sustained injuries, Kadam said.
However, another officer said Thorbole was also thrashed with a hockey stick by a group of men.
Based on the statement of the constable, an FIR was registered and 18 persons including Kamini were named as accused in the case, police said.