Mumbai: FWICE president assaulted by group of men for not paying Rs 50 lakh

In a bizarre incident, president of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) was brutally assaulted by a group of 14 people for not paying Rs 50 lakh.

According to Mid-Day, Karan Raje Bandal, who claims to be the president of Allied Workers’ Union, had tried to extort Rs 50 lakh from the president of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), Birendra Nath Tiwari, but he was refused the money. So on May 10, Bandal along with a group of 14 people entered Tiwari’s office and brutally assaulted him for not paying the money. The group of men threatened to make a recorded call viral, in which Tiwari allegedly speaks ill about political leaders.

The cops have arrested Karan Raje Bandal and his aide Aniket Deshmukh. Birendra Nath Tiwari told Mid-Day, “Bandal had approached me and sought work for nearly 100 people in the film industry. I had told him that people need certain skills to work in the industry. But he wanted to make quick money. During the three to four meetings we had, I had suggested him to invest money in making TV serials.”

But later Bandal told Tiwari that he didn’t know anyone in the industry and asked for guidance. They both fixed a meeting on May 10 and Tiwari asked Bandal to visit his office t the Kartik Complex in Andheri West. On May 10, Bandal didn’t come alone he came with 15 people, while seven of them had a discussion with Tiwari, the others waited downstairs. Later, on the pretext of having lunch together, the group took Tiwari downstairs and assaulted him.

“First, all of them surrounded me and asked why I had spoken badly about a politician. The recorded call was sent to them by a sound-recorder with whom I had spoken about the politician. Meanwhile, one of them started slapping me while the others pinned me to the ground and punched me. They even kicked me hard. Then they snatched away my cell phone. Most of the goons had been hired from Dharavi,” Tiwari told the Mid-Day. The cops have registered a case against the accused under sections 385, 323, 427, 504, 506 of IPC.

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