Kalamna police in the city on Saturday faced the political heat in the real sense of word when hundreds of Congress workers, including over 500 women, gheraoed the Police Station for booking and arresting a Congress Corporator on the charges of allegedly instigating or involved in an attack during campaigning for Lok Sabha election. The gherao protest was held under the leadership of City Congress President Vikas Thakre.
The women in large numbers in their statements supported Congress Corporator Purshottam Hazare’s alibi that he was present at a meeting held at different place when the incident of alleged attack occurred. Hazare said, “The charges of attack slapped against me are politically motivated. BJP is staring at their defeat in the elections. The party leaders lured me with money during the campaigning and tried to pressure and deter me from campaigning but I flatly refused their offer. Hench the false charges,” Hazare said.
The Congress workers, during their three-hour gherao of Kalamna Police Station, raised slogans against BJP and police. In a memorandum submitted to police, the Congress workers demanded that without a proper investigation of the incident, police cannot arrest a people’s representative. Moreover, action must be taken against the police officer who, despite the offence being bailable, refused to provide bail to Hazare. Similarly, action should be taken against the police officials, who are giving protection to BJP leaders involved in atrocities and are absconding, said the memorandum.
Vikas Thakre phoned the Police Commissioner K K Pathak and apprised him of the situation. Thakre said that a BJP MLA and a Corporator are spoiling the atmosphere by their alleged criminal mindset. Congress workers would not tolerate their actions and would give a fitting reply. The Police Commissioner assured Thakre that a proper investigation will be initiated into the issues raised by Congress workers.
Others who were present at the gherao include Corporator Deepak Kapse, Chief Organiser of Seva Dal Ramgovind Khobragade, and hundreds of Congress workers.