In Ulhasnagar, son of former gangster and NCP party member attacks corporator's nephew
As the upcoming Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation election fever takes over the satellite town, tempers are flaring high, and the war between those in power and the ones to challenge them have begun.
On Saturday, all attention in Ulhasnagar was shifted to Ward No 35, where the current councilor's wife is expected to fight it out against a highly placed NCP member, whose husband was once a notorious gangster.
Mahesh Sukhramanni's nephew Guddu lies in hospital after he was thrashed on Saturday
According to the police, on Saturday at 1.55 am, Omie, the son of the District President of the NCP Jyoti Kalani and Pappu Kalani, a former TADA accused gangster-turned-politician, entered Seema Apartment, where Mahesh Sukhramanni, councilor of Ward No 35 lives with wife Neetu.
There, Omie with a gang of 10 is said to have allegedly attacked Sukhramanni's 28 year-old nephew Guddu.
Guddu was beaten with iron rods, belts and sticks and Kalani is believed to have whipped out a gun and threatened to kill him.
A member of the locality, 33 year-old Prakash Kalwani, who was buying medicines from a nearby pharmacy, tried to intervene and was beaten up too. Guddu was taken to Central Hospital, after which doctors transferred him to Wockhart Hospital.
According to Inspector Kalyanji Gete of Ulhasnagar Police Station, a case of attempt to murder has been slapped against Omie. "We have registered an FIR against Omie and others under section 307, 324, 143, 147, 148, 149 and Arms Act (3), (25) of IPC. One accused, Hero Kukreja has been arrested. The rest are absconding," Gete said.
When contacted, Sukhramanni claimed he had forewarned the police about an impeding attack from the Kalanis. "I had given a written complaint to the police (about the attack) and had also met the DCP, but the police turned a blind eye towards my complaint," he said.
According to him, Jyoti is apprehesive of losing the elections. "Last week, Pappu sent me a message through Deepak Gajaria (former Congress councilor), asking us to vacate the ward," said Sukhramanni.
While not denying the altercation that occurred, Manoj Lasi, Omie's confidante, said, "The police registered the FIR under pressure from BJP leaders Eknath Khadse and MLA Kumar Ailani. Guddu was drunk and was harassing women. The women asked Omie for help and when he rushed there, a heated argument ensued. We are demanding a CID enquiry in to the matter."