Mumbai: Two political
activists, both of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), were killed
and several others injured in violence following civic polls in
Maharashtra, police said Monday. Public property, including
vehicles, was also damaged during the violence.
In Nagpur, a Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) activist Keshavanad Atre
was killed after a candidate from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena
attacked him with an iron rod late Saturday, police said.
"The family of the victim claims that a candidate from MNS, Sanjay
Barai, had threatened Atre not to campaign for BJP. After Barai
came to know that Atre still supported BJP, he came with a few
accomplices and attacked him Saturday night," said an official
from Nagpur's Imamwada Police Station.
"We have arrested Barai and eight others in connection with the
case and are investigating the matter further," he added.
In Mumbai, the body of a BJP leader was found from his office in
"Vasantlal Jotha's body was found by party workers after they
opened the office this (Monday) morning," an official from Dharavi
Police Station told IANS.
"He seems to have undergone a struggle before his death. However,
we will be able to get a clear picture only after the post-mortem
report," he added.
In Nashik, a defeated Shiv Sena candidate Nivrutti Datir and two
others were Monday arrested for attacking rebel party activist
Dilip Datir, who had contested as an Independent, Nashik police
Dilip has been admitted to a hospital in critical condition.
"Both had contested the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC)
election but were defeated. Alleging that he would have won if
Dilip had not contested, Nivrutti and his supporters had attacked
Dilip with swords and metal rods Sunday night," an official said.
In Pune, over 30 vehicles were vandalised by Independent candidate
Aba Sutar and his supporters.
According to police, Sutar was a rebel from Nationalist Congress
After official NCP candidate Rohini Chimate won the seat, he
vandalised the vehicles of her supporters.
"Chimate had earlier asked for protection against Sutar and now
she has again registered a complaint against Sutar for vandalism,"
a Pune police official said.
Several incidents of vandalism also took place at several places
in Mumbai including Ghatkopar, Antop Hill, Dadar and Govandi in
central Mumbai and Andheri in northwest Mumbai in the last two
Civic polls were held in 10 municipal corporations in the state,
including the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)