Ex-Navy officer assaulted over Maharashtra CM cartoon, 4 held | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: A retired Navy officer was hospitalised after being attacked by around 10 men, some of them identified as Shiv Sena workers by police sources, in Kandivli (East) on Friday over a cartoon featuring CM Uddhav Thackeray he had forwarded on WhatsApp. Four of the attackers have been arrested.
Madan Sharma (65) said first he got four calls asking about his details and the cartoon. Later, he got a call on intercom asking him to reach the society entrance. “Around 10 men were waiting… They rained kicks and punches on me,” Sharma said.
Police tried to arrest victim over cartoon?
Sharma, who lives with family at Thakur Complex, forwarded an image to another WhatsApp group comprising housing society members. He said his phone started ringing since 10.30am on Friday. The caller asked him his name and address, which Sharma provided. He later got a call from another number. The person introduced himself as Kamlesh Kadam, and asked about the image he had shared two days ago. Sharma clarified that it was a forwarded image from some other WhatsApp group.
At noon, he got a call asking him to come to the gate, where he was attacked.
CCTV footage shows Sharma rushing into the building and the men dragging him out. “Police later reached my house, to arrest me, when I was the victim. My family contacted BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar, who helped us lodge a complaint, and I was taken to hospital,” said Sharma, who received eye injuries. Kadam and Sanjay Manjrekar are among those arrested. Police denied they had gone to arrest Sharma.

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