Maharashtra: In a disturbing incident, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police, Yusuf Sheikh was subjected to harassment by around 250-300 local goons. The ASI was forced to chant ‘Jai Shivaji’, ‘Jai Maharashtra’ as part of the Shivaji remembrance rally organised in Latur, Maharashtra. Besides getting paraded around, he was also assaulted. The incident reportedly took place on February 19th.
“They threatened and abused me. As many as 250-300 people came in the police station and started beating me up. They vandalized the police station and hit me hard. They forcefully gave me a flag and started shouting ‘Jai Shivaji’, ‘Jai Maharashtra’. I told them I am an Indian and I don’t hesitate saying this. I will say as you ask me,” said Yusuf Sheikh.
“They put the flag in a mosque at the Ambedkar Chowk. They again started beating me there. The main two-three accused are absconding. One of them is Dhananjay Chavan. I appeal to the government to arrest the accused and give me justice,” he added.
On February 19, over two dozen locals belonging to the Shivaji Jayanti Mandal assembled near the Ambedkar Chowk in Pangaon to hoist a ‘saffron flag’. The police stopped them from doing so, as the area is said to be ‘communally sensitive’.
The group then went away but, came back the next morning and started shouting slogans against the police and also assaulted Yusuf Sheikh.