Dacoity case: MNS corporator arrested

The Kasturba Marg police arrested MNS corporator from Borivali (East), Prakash Darekar, and six other party workers on Monday for dacoity, unlawful assembly, rioting and damaging property, after they allegedly damaged 15 cars and injured two persons on the set of a film shoot in Borivali on Sunday afternoon.

Darekar is legislator Pravin Darekar's brother. The police said around 10 to 15 others are wanted in the case. The arrested were presented before a court on Monday and remanded in police custody till August 1.

Besides Darekar, those arrested have been identified as his driver Ravindra More, Pravin Darekar's driver Pravin Kadam, Vikram Chowgale, Jaiwant Jadhav, Bharat Ghanekar and Rajesh Gawde. Four of the wanted are Harshad Sawant, Jaya Godambe, Sanjay Shinde and Sachin.

"The accused, armed with iron rods and stones, damaged 15 cars and a computer, leading to losses worth Rs 21.5 lakh. They also picked up a camera worth Rs 15,000 from a vehicle and robbed the complainant, Sanju Bhutki, of his wallet containing Rs 4,000," said Senior Police Inspector Bharat Worlikar.

The police said the accused also entered the neighbouring Asian Paints workshop and overturned containers filled with paint, injuring two.

More was passing through Garden Wafers company near the Tata Power House on his scooter around 12.30 pm on Sunday when Bhutki, the garden supervisor and complainant, stopped him. A lane going through the compound is frequently used as a shortcut but Bhutki did not allow him to pass, leading to an altercation.

After Bhutki called his senior Kiran Shah, the latter confronted More. When Darekar's driver allegedly threatened Shah, he summoned other party workers. They entered the company's premises where the shooting of a Rohan Sippy film was in progress and created a ruckus, police said.

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