Editors Guild of India condemns incident
PUNE, FEBRUARY 11: Ten BJP workers were arrested on Saturday in connection with an assault on senior Marathi journalist Nikhil Wagle in Pune, an incident condemned by the Editors Guild of India which urged the Maharashtra Government to swiftly address the issue by taking stringent action against those responsible.
The assault took place on Friday evening as Wagle and others were en route under police protection to attend ‘Nirbhay Bano’ public meeting organised by Rashtra Seva Dal in Dandekar
The complaint filed by a woman, which formed the basis of the FIR, alleged that she and a few others were protecting Wagle’s car even as some BJP workers hurled stones at the vehicle and injured them.
Allegedly incited by Wagle’s comments on BJP veteran LK Advani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after Advani was awarded the country’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna, the BJP activists damaged the vehicle carrying him, causing injuries to those onboard.
The arrested individuals were named as Deepak Pote, Ganesh Ghosh, Ganesh Sherla, Raghvendra Mankar, Swapnil Naik, Pratik Desarda, Dushyant Mohol, Datta Sagre, Girish Mankar, and Rahul Paygude and they have been booked under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code related to rioting and voluntarily causing grievous hurt.
On Friday, a case had been registered against Wagle at Vishrambaug police station for allegedly making offensive remarks against Prime Minister Modi and Advani under IPC Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 500 (defamation) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief). The case was registered on a complaint lodged by BJP leader Sunil Deodhar. (PTI)