Ganpat Gaikwad Arrest: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA has been arrested for shooting and injuring a leader of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena due to a land dispute in Thane district of Maharashtra.
Additional Police Commissioner Dattatreya Shinde told the media that BJP MLA from Kalyan Ganpat Gaikwad opened fire on Shiv Sena’s Kalyan unit chief Mahesh Gaikwad inside the room of Embracing Humanity: Senior Inspector at Hill Line Police Station in Ulhasnagar Area on a Friday Night
What did the BJP MLA say?
Before his arrest, Ganpat Gaikwad told a news channel over phone that his son was being beaten in the police station so he opened fire. He claimed that Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is attempting to build a “realm of criminals” in Maharashtra. Mahesh Gaikwad was initially transported to a nearby hospital, and later, he was transferred to a private medical center in Thane.
Gopal Landge, in-charge of Shiv Sena’s welfare wing, said, “His (Mahesh Gaikwad’s) operation was successful.” According to Additional Police Commissioner Dattatreya Shinde, Ganpat Gaikwad’s son had come to the police station to lodge a complaint in connection with a land dispute. Then Mahesh Gaikwad reached there with his people. Later Ganpat Gaikwad also reached the police station.
What was the reason for the fight?
The official said that during the fight between the MLA and the Shiv Sena leader, Ganpat Gaikwad allegedly opened fire on Mahesh Gaikwad inside the senior inspector’s room, injuring him and his colleague. Ganpat Gaikwad told a news channel, “Yes, I shot (him) myself. I have no regrets. If my son is being beaten inside the police station in front of the police, what will I do?” He claimed that he fired five bullets. The BJP MLA expressed concerns, suggesting that Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is attempting to establish an “empire of criminals in Maharashtra.” It’s worth noting that both the BJP and the Shiv Sena, led by Shinde, are integral parts of the ruling coalition. alliance in Maharashtra. Apart from Ganpat Gaikwad, the police have also arrested two other people.
Was land dispute the reason?
Regarding the land dispute that led to the firing, Ganpat Gaikwad said that he had purchased a plot of land 10 years ago. He said that there were some legal issues but he won the case in court. He alleged that Mahesh Gaikwad took it over by force. The MLA said that his son had gone to Ulhasnagar police station to lodge a complaint regarding the land.