Parksite police have registered a case against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena MLA Ram Kadam and 30 to 40 of his supporters for assaulting three people of the Dalit community.
According to police Kadam had organised a gathering at his Ghatkopar residence in which he had kept 'ashes of Gautam Buddha' for paying homage. The trio allegedly questioned the authenticity of the "ashes", following which they were thrashed by Kadam and his supporters. The three allegedly beaten up were: Rohit Tambe (28), Ritesh Landage (27) and Ravindra More (38).
According Tambe's statement to police, on Sunday he and a few Dalit friends saw flex boards advertising the event and thought it was misleading people. Hence, they gave a written complaint to Parksite police demanding investigation. On Monday, when they had gone to the police station for discussion, Ram Kadam's people were also present there. The two groups had an argument at the station. Seeing things going out of control, Tambe and his two associates left the place in a rickshaw. However, their rickshaw was stopped and they were taken to Kadam's residence where Tambe and his friends were assaulted.
Parksite police have registered a case of kidnapping, atrocity, unlawful assembly, voluntarily causing hurt, amongst others.
Ram Kadam version, however, differ. Kadam said: "Two Dalit groups were at loggerheads as the persons who levelled allegations against me had assaulted a female. A few people had come to my place and I was trying to solve the issue." According to Kadam, the entire issue had been given a political colour.
ACP (Vikhroli division) Ramdas Gaikwad said: "We have registered a case under IPC sections 141 (unlawful assembly), 44 (causing injury) and 356 (assault or criminal force) and relevant sections in Atrocities Act against Kadam, but have not arrested him yet. But three people affiliated to MNS have been arrested.