A special team of Nashik police on Tuesday arrested Union Minister for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Narayan Rane for making controversial remarks against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Police are now preparing to get him treated.
Rane had earlier filed an anticipatory bail plea in Ratnagiri court in the case but the court dismissed it. The police then reached Sangmeshwar and took them into custody.
Rane made a statement slapping Thackeray
Rane, who arrived in Raigad last Monday during the Jan Ashirvad Yatra, had talked about slapping Chief Minister Thackeray.
“It is shameful that the chief minister does not know the year of independence. He leaned back to enquire about the count of years of independence during his speech. Had I been there, I would have given (him) a tight slap,” Rane said during his Jan Ashirwad Yatra in adjoining Raigad district on Monday.
Shiv Sena strongly opposed Rane’s statement
Shiv Sena has strongly opposed Union Minister Rane’s objectionable statement. The party has put up posters at several places including Mumbai and described Rane as a chicken thief.
Rane has been booked in three districts FIR
Rane was booked under Sections 500, 505(2), 153(b)(1) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by the cyber police on a complaint by the local unit chief of Shiv Sena in Nashik over Rane’s statement.
Similarly, an FIR was registered under Sections 153 and 505 and in Mahad on the complaint of Shiv Sena worker following a complaint by Pune Yuva Sena.
The police commissioner had then ordered his arrest.
Rane filed bail plea in Ratnagiri court
Rane filed an anticipatory bail plea in Ratnagiri court after FIR was registered in three districts but the court rejected it.
Rane had then filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking an immediate hearing but the high court refused.
A special team of Nashik police reached Sangmeshwar in Ratnagiri and took them into custody.
Rane is the first Union minister to be arrested in the last 20 years.
Watch video of Union Minister Rane’s supporters getting entangled with police before arrest
#WATCH | Maharashtra: Verbal spat erupts between supporters of Union Minister Narayan Rane and police in Ratnagiri
Visuals from Sangameshwar Police Station pic.twitter.com/z7N6SBYrri
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Police may produce Rane in Ratnagiri court
Rane is likely to be produced before the Ratnagiri court after his arrest. Police have deployed a heavy police force in the court premises in view of the apprehension of a dispute. Meanwhile, police are preparing to get Rane treated.