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Sena distances itself from man who assaulted policewoman


Mumbai : Shiv Sena today distanced itself from a person who assaulted a policewoman, saying “the party has nothing to do” with the attack.

“Absolutely nothing to do with the party at all, (it) doesn’t endorse (the assault),” Shiv Sena’s youth wing Yuva Sena president and grandson of the party’s founder Bal Thackeray, Aaditya Thackeray said.

“Office bearer or not, doesn’t endorse the shameful act,” Aaditya tweeted about the incident.

A Shiv Sena member Shashikant Kalgude allegedly assaulted a woman traffic constable in adjoining Thane yesterday after she called him out for using his mobile phone while driving.

The 29-year-old constable was on duty under the Eastern Express Highway flyover near Nitin Junction in Thane. She gestured Kalgude to stop his vehicle but he tried to dodge her, until she came in front of the SUV to stop him.

When the constable asked him to show his driving licence and the vehicle’s documents, Kalgude started abusing her. He then slapped and punched her so hard that her nose started to bleed.

Kalgude has been arrested and booked under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 354 (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code.

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