Amid Lok Sabha elections fever, a Ghatkopar resident was thrashed by MNS workers for allegedly posting objectionable comments online against party chief Raj Thackeray.
According to Mumbai Mirror, the Ghatkopar resident has been identified as Vijay Vare. On April 6, one of Thackeray’s supporters posted on Facebook photographs and posts of his Gudi Padwa rally held earlier. On one of those photographs, Vijay Vare posted an allegedly abusive comment. The following day, a mob of MNS workers barged into his house in Ghatkopar East and abused and thrashed him in front of his pleading family.
Vijay Vare was later taken to Pantnagar police station by the MNS mob and a non-cognisable offence under Section of 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against Vare. Vare told the leading daily, “I made a few comments against Raj Thackeray on social media and I am hence apologising to all MNS workers and the whole of Maharashtra.”
The police have not booked the assaulters as there was no complaint made against the MNS workers. “We did not receive any complaint from anyone. We were only aware of the claim that Vare had made some objectionable comments on Facebook, for which he had apologised. Now that videos of the assault have gone viral, we will look into them,” a senior Pantnagar police officer told the Mumbai Mirror. The Facebook profile of Vijay Vare was later deactivated