The Vartak Nagar police have booked suspended deputy municipal commissioner (DMC) Deepak Chavan for assaulting a reporter and cameraman from news channel News Nation. Chavan, who had been suspended on Friday, had allegedly colluded with the builders of the Mumbra structure.
According to the police, on Saturday morning around 11.30 am reporter Sonu Kannaujia and cameraman Imran Siddiqui visited Chavan’s Thane residence for a byte on his suspension in Mumbra illegal building collapse issue. Chavan refused to speak to them, citing ill health and said he was going to a clinic for treatment.
When Chavan realised that the camera was on, he turned around and slapped the cameraman. The suspended commissioner’s accomplice snatched the camera and pushed the cameraman against the wall. Both men continued to thrash the cameraman and reporter. Chavan then rushed to the Vartak Nagar police station and lodged an FIR against the two men for trespassing.
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Hearing about the incident, Subhash Shirke, channel head Mumbai, approached the police, who registered an FIR under Sections 392, 427, 506 (ii) and 34 of the IPC against Chavan and his colleague.
“Our reporter and cameraman were just doing their job. Chavanand his colleague attacked them, snatched the camera, boom and identity card. We have registered an FIR against them,” said Shirke.
“We have registered a cross-complaint. The matter is under investigation,” said an officer from Vartak Nagar police station.