The Pimpri Chinchwad Police Commissioner said that seven police personnel and three officers have been suspended following the ink attack on Maharashtra minister Chandrakant Patil.
A man threw ink at Maharashtra minister Chandrakant Patil. (Screengrab)
By Pankaj P. Khelkar: A day after an unknown man threw ink at Maharashtra minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Chandrakant Patil, as many as ten police personnel were suspended over alleged lapses in security details.
Black ink was thrown at Chandrakant Patil in Pimpri suburb of Pune on Saturday for his alleged remarks on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Jyotiba Phule. Following the attack, three people were arrested and were presented in court on Sunday. All three accused have been sent to 3-day police custody.
Meanwhile, Pimpri Chinchwad Police Commissioner Ankush Shinde has suspended 10 policemen who were deployed for the security of Cabinet Minister Chandrakant Patil.
“We have suspended seven police personnel and three officers in connection with the incident. All of them were part of the minister’s security cover during his visit,” Pimpri Chinchwad Police Commissioner Ankush Shinde said.
INK ATTACK ON CHANDRAKANT PATIL
Black ink was thrown at Chandrakant Patil on Saturday, a day after the Maharashtra higher and technical education minister made a remark on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Jyotiba Phule during a programme in Aurangabad.
Speaking in Marathi at an event in Aurangabad , Patil had said that Ambedkar and Phule did not seek government grants for running educational institutions, they “begged” people to gather funds for starting schools and colleges. The use of the word “begged” stirred up a controversy.
A video of the ink attack shows a man in a blue shirt walking towards the BJP leader as he came out of a building in Pimpri Chinchwad. The video shows the accused throwing black ink at Chandrakant Patil’s face.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis claimed that Chandrakant Patik’s remark was misunderstood.
“It’s a very sad incident. The meaning of what Chandrakant Patil had said should have been understood. It meant that Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar or Dr Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil never ran institutions by seeking grants from the government,” Devendra Fadnavis said.