Nagpur: Even as the incident of Shiv Sena workers’ manhandling and beating up a forest official after he refused to pay them money in Ghatanji taluka of Yavatmal was afresh, similar such incidents have surfaced in Nagpur. In the former incident the Regional Forest Officer, reportedly identified as Madavi, was beaten blue and black as he declined to give out money to Shiv Sainiks who were on the ‘extortion’ drive to solace the birthday of their leader Sanjay Dhulichand Rathore. The RFO received serious injuries and even a fractured bone. Later the sub-inspector who registered the case against the ruckus makers was transferred to another police station, reportedly on the behest of Rathore.
In the latest development in Nagpur, Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC) has demanded police action against some Shiv Sena activists for allegedly harassing traders. This is a rare case when a traders’ association has decided to take on a political party in a direct manner.
EX – President of NVCC Dipen Agrawal informed to a local daily that there were regular complaints from traders against Shiv Sena activists. “The activists had started detaining vehicles transporting betel nuts to check their quality without any authority. The activists even extorted money from traders. NVCC had lodged complaint with Tehsil police station against the so-called activists. Also, some Sena activists are creating problems for cold storage owners. This issue is not good for city’s business sector. Therefore, NVCC lodged complaint with commissioner of police. Police should investigate the matter and book all such activists,” he said.
NVCC secretary Jaiprakash Parekh had lodged the complaint with police chief SP Yadav on August 1. Though no individual or political party has been named in the complaint, Parekh said, “Citizens are law abiding people. Such activities disturb the peace and development of city to a great extent,” he said.
Last week, Parekh said, the Yuva Sena, youth wing of Shiv Sena, led by its president Hitesh Yadav and vice-president Nitin Tiwari, had submitted memorandums to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis alleging irregularities by officials of Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) and violations by owners of four cold storages at APMC Kalamna market premises. A couple of days ago, the activists met APMC chairman Sheikh Ahmed Karim and also officials of APMC and demanded action on cold storages, Parekh added.