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Public expressed angered towards Kirit Somaiya because he misled the country in INS Vikrant case: Sanjay Raut

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Sunday, April 24, 2022, 11:30 AM IST

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Mumbai: In a sleathing attack at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the public has expressed its anger against the BJP leader because he misled the country in the INS Vikrant case

"Kirit Somaiya is accused in the INS Vikrant case. He misled the country. If the public has expressed its anger against such people, then, BJP should not be pained. The people of Maharashtra will not forgive such people", Raut said.

Kirit Somaiya on Sunday said Mumbai Police has refused to register his FIR after he was allegedly attacked by Shiv Sena goons.

"Mumbai Police has refused to lodge my FIR. Instead, they lodged a bogus FIR stating that only one stone was hurled. As many as 70-80 Shiv Sainiks attacked me. No action has been taken by Khar Police despite intimation. This is the third attempt by Uddhav Thackeray to take my life. Earlier in Washim, then Pune and now in Khar," Somaiya told ANI.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Manjunath Shinge said a case has been registered based on Somaiya's complaint.

A day after Shiv Sena supporters hurled footwear and water bottles at the SUV of former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya outside Khar police station in Mumbai, the leader on Sunday claimed the attack was "sponsored" by the Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra.

Somaiya had gone to the police station on Saturday to meet arrested independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana, whose earlier call for chanting Hanuman Chalisa outside Maharashtra Chief Minister and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray's residence 'Matoshree' had angered the Sena cadres.

Talking to reporters here on Sunday, Somaiya claimed, "The attack on me was sponsored by the Uddhav Thackeray government. Some 70-80 Shiv Sena workers had gathered at the gate of Khar police station when I visited it." "I had personally informed police that I might be attacked by Shiv Sena goons and it later happened," he said.

The BJP leader claimed that a false FIR was registered by police in his name.

"Such false FIR can only be registered in the regime of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. He and Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey are behind it," Somaiya further claimed and demanded that Pandey be replaced immediately.

Somaiya also said he will go to New Delhi and meet Union home secretary in connection with the case.

The BJP leader had on Saturday tweeted that he was injured in the attack by "Shiv Sena goons".

Somaiya reached the Khar police station late evening in support of Amravati MP Navneet Rana and her husband MLA Ravi Rana who were arrested earlier in the day on the charge of "creating enmity between different groups".

Shiv Sena supporters, who had gathered outside the police station, protested against Somaiya's visit and shouted slogans. While the BJP leader was leaving the police station in the SUV, a group of protesters hurled footwear and water bottles at his vehicle.

Somaiya then travelled to the Bandra police station to file a complaint against Sena supporters.

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Published on: Sunday, April 24, 2022, 11:31 AM IST