Senior MNS leader Atul Sarpotdar passes away in Mumbai
Senior Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader and a member of the party's Central Executive Committee Atul Sarpotdar passed away today in Mumbai at the age of 51.
Senior Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Atul Sarpotdar (51) passed away in Bandra's Lilavati hospital on Thursday evening after suffering a massive heart attack.
He is survived by his wife and one son.
Sarpotdar was a member of the MNS' Central Executive Committee.
Atul's father was Shiv Sena leader Madhukar Sarpotdar, who passed away at the age of 77 in Hinduja hospital in 2010 due to a cardiac arrest.
The Sarpotdars had been in the Shiv Sena for the last four decades before Atul broke rank to join Raj Thackeray.
Atul, who was a close friend of the MNS chief, was made the general secretary and in-charge of of party affairs in the Marathwada region in 2008.
Trade unionist Madhukar Sarpotdar, who was indicted by the Srikrishna Commission that probed into the 1992-93 communal riots in Mumbai, was a two-time MP and close aide of late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.
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