5 Sainiks held for Worli vandalism

A day after two establishments of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation were attacked by two groups of vandals, Worli police on Tuesday arrested five Shiv Sena activists.

Late on Monday evening, a parking lot and a pumping station of the BMC in Worli were targeted by two separate groups of vandals who damaged five to six dumpers and JCB vehicles. The police registered a complaint of rioting and damage to property and started investigations.

"Through some sources, we received information about involvement of five people and picked them up. They were subsequently placed under arrest on Tuesday evening," said Sudhir Mahadik, police inspector, Worli police station.

They have been identified as Jivba Kesarkar (38), Gautam Marchande (48), Santosh Beloshe (35), Sandeep Warkhade (29) and Deepak Saaple (31), from Worli and Lower Parel areas. They will be produced in court on Wednesday.

Additional commissioner of police (Central region) Pravin Salunke confirmed that the five were activists of the Shiv Sena but declined to comment on their motive saying the matter was under investigation. "It is not yet clear which of the two spots the five arrested accused had vandalised, but we will interrogate them and find out," he added.

The police, however, have information that Shiv Sainiks at Bal Thackeray's makeshift memorial at Shivaji Park had on learning that a number of demolition vehicles were parked in Worli suspected that the demolition of the structure was in the offing, and that was the trigger for the vandalism.

"We are verifying the information. It is too early to comment," said a Worli police officer.

Meanwhile, BMC establishments around Shivaji Park have been provided police cover by Zone 5 police to discourage any similar incidents, zonal Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhananjay Kulkarni said.

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