August 28, 2016 1:17:51 am
Politics over the Dahi Handi festival continues even after the revelry. On Saturday, two days after the festival, BJP’s Mumbai city chief Ashish Shelar wrote to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanding that cases of culpable homicide slapped on some of the organisers and Dahi Handi mandals for flouting norms be withdrawn.
Shelar requested that a humanitarian approach be adopted in these cases and the stringent charges be withdrawn.
The BJP chief also visited some injured Govindas at the King Edward Memorial civic hospital in Parel, where he took a veiled dig at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and his party, suggesting that the encouragement for mandals and organisers had come from them.
While paying a visit to a 14-year-old, who was part of a human pyramid and had sustained serious injuries after falling from a height, Shelar said that those who encouraged Govindas to break norms have not even cared to visit the ones injured. The court had earlier barred youths below 18 years from participating in the pyramid.
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The MNS, meanwhile, has announced that Raj Thackeray will visit Thane on Sunday to meet some injured Govindas and mandal organisers who face police action.
Another political organisation, the Swaraj Abhiyaan, meanwhile, has demanded action against senior police officials in Mumbai and Thane for “allowing” mandals and organisers to violate the SC order of restricting pyramids at 20 feet.
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