Police nab four Cong cadets for attacking party leader

City Congress Chief Abhay Chhajed dismisses two members; police raises concern over security at PMC headquarters

The Shivajinagar police have arrested four Congress cadets for vandalising Congress leader Aba Bagul's office in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) main building. A group of 20 youth not only stormed into Bagul's office and broke furniture and the glass door to the leader's office, but also tried to beat him and fling a chair at him. 

Assaulted: Aba Bagul was attacked by party workers. File pic

Police officials said that the incident took place after Bagul was tagged in a picture on Facebook, where Sonia Gandhi was seen feeding terrorist Ajmal Kasab with biryani. The four arrested persons are identified as Ramesh Lagas (50), Rajendra Lagas (45), Rajesh Ingawale (21) and Sunil Shinde (34), who are residents of Taware Colony and Parvati Darshan area. The remaining 16 suspects are still on the run and police inspector Seema Mehendale is further investigating into the case. 

Bagul went to the police station on Friday night and filed a complaint himself since the PMC security officers did not take the initiative. Following Bagul's written complaint, the city Congress President Abhay Chhajed has dismissed Ramesh and Rajendra Lagas from the post of party office bearers at Sahakarnagar and Parvati Darshan respectively. 

Civic body Deputy Mayor, Prasanna Jagtap, has condemned the attack on Bagul. He said, "Bagul is not a tech savvy person and somebody has taken advantage of this situation and tagged the controversial picture on Facebook.  

The Shivajinagar police have however, questioned the security at PMC main building. A senior police, requesting anonymity, said, "When the civic body has their own security system and is capable of preventing any untoward incident inside their premise, it is a matter of concern that the PMC officials could not stop the mob who ransacked the leader's office. It has become a headache for us, as we have to put aside other work and rush to the PMC building." 

3 attacks on PMC premises in 12 months
>> BJP, Shiv Sena members vandalised the Mayor's office property and stormed into the general body meeting in December 2010. 
>> Mayor Mohansingh Rajpal's face was blackened by miscreants at PMC main building premises in January 2011.
>> Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists broke into PMC office with horses to protest against the mayor who attended a program at the Race Course in May 2011.

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