Nagpur: Even as the issue of alleged telephonic conversation between the state minister Eknath Khadse and dreaded fugitive Dawood Ibrahim is yet to settle down, yet another controversial camarederie of Nagpur’s gangster Santosh Ambekar and couple of ministers and netas has come to the fore on Friday, which also happens to be the birthday of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
A battery of ministers and political leaders reportedly lined up to visit ailing Ambekar at a Mumbai hospital. While this incident has sparked a fresh row over the alleged gangster-politician nexus, it has also made the atmosphere unpleasant in the political circles.
Sources informed that dreaded gangster Ambekar has been keeping ill for the last few days and had to be admitted to the hospital in Mumbai where the monsoon session of state assembly is underway. Sources claimed that the moment, news of Ambekar’s hospitilization spread, few of the ministers from the ruling party along with a battery of white collared executives touched down the hospital to see Ambekar and wished him speedy recovery.
Sources from the concerned hospital said that senior hospital authorities were shocked to see the ministers visiting the goon, and that too on a day when the Chief Minister Fadnavis was celebrating his 43rd birthday.
Sources said a corporator from Nagpur was also seen among the visitors. This corporator is often seen in Mumbai around every assembly session or state cabinet meetings. A Congress MLA from Mumbai was also among those dropping to see Ambekar.
Unconfirmed sources informed that Ambekar suffered a heart attack while he was in Mumbai and was admitted after the said condition. However the report could not be confirmed yet. Few others informed that Ambekar was down with food poisoning and had to be hospitalized.
Reliable sources informed that last year when Ambekar was imprisoned in Nagpur central jail, a local MLA had visited the jail premises and celebrated his birthday. It is learnt that the public representatives and ministers throng Ambekar’s home whenever the latter organises any programme. Ambekar’s proximity with a former Nagpur Police Commissioner also became the talk of the town for long time.