Two Republic TV journalists, driver arrested in Raigad for trying to enter Uddhav's farmhouse; channel claims no legal representation allowed

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Wednesday, September 09, 2020, 06:06 PM IST
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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray (File photo) | Photo: Uddhav Thackeray Official Page/Facebook

Three people associated with news channel Republic TV, icluding two journalists, were arrested for allegedly trespassing on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s farmhouse in Bhilavale near Karjat house.

The early statement issued by Raigad Police made no mention of their profession but the network said its reporter Anuj Kumar, video journalist Yashpaljit Singh and Ola cab driver Pradeep Dilip Dhanavade were taken into "illegal police custody".

According to the police, a security guard who was on night duty at Uddhav Thackeray's farmhouse was on his way to report for duty, when three people in a WagonR car approached him and asked the address of farmhouse.

The security guard, who is also the complainant, told them he didn’t know and moved on. After some time, three people suddenly entered the guardroom and started abusing him. They called out his lie from earlier and manhandled him.

Based on security guard's statement, police have filed a complaint under sections 452, 448, 323, 504, 506 and 34 of the IPC.

This comes days after an unidentified man allegedly phoned Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's personal residence Matoshree in Bandra, saying he was calling from Dubai on behalf of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

"Calls were made to Matoshree landline. The caller said he was calling from Dubai and he was calling on behalf of Dawood Ibrahim. The caller had told the receptionist to connect him to the CM as Dawood wants to speak to him directly. Two calls were received and the receptionist disconnected both calls without forwarding it to anyone," a senior police official told news agency ANI. He further said that there were no specific threats given by the caller.

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