Nagpur mayor attacked by unidentified assailants

Last Updated 11 May 2020, 12:50 IST

Nagpur Mayor and BJP leader Sandip Joshi (49) was attacked by unidentified assailants around midnight December 17.

Joshi is a trusted lieutenant of Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis.

Two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle fired at Joshi while he was travelling in his SUV near the Jamtha Cricket Stadium on the Wardha Road, nearly 20-25 km away from main Nagpur city.

The incident comes at a time when the Winter Session of the Maharashtra legislature is underway in Nagpur, the winter capital of the state.

"If Mayor is not safe, how will law and order machinery run... We demand that the accused are arrested at the earliest," Fadnavis told reporters in the Vidhan Bhavan complex.

"This is a very serious issue," he added.

Joshi has received threats in the past.

"Yes... I had received threats, may be because of the anti-encroachment drive that we are carrying out... That's what the police is suspecting and told me," said Joshi.

The firing took place when Joshi was returning from a dinner organised on occasion of his wedding anniversary.

Three rounds were fired— one hit the window on driver's side, another in the middle section and third in the rear glass.

Joshi was himself at the wheels and escaped unhurt.

He has now been given a security cover.

The Nagpur City Police and Nagpur Rural Police are investigating the incident.

He had received two threat letters— one dropped in a complaint box of Sadar office of Nagpur Municipal Corporation and another at his residence.

Asked whether there is political rivalry, Joshi said that all parties have supported the anti-encroachment drive.

Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Kadam said that police has secured CCTV footage of the dhaba where the Joshi family and their friends had dinner.

(Published 18 December 2019, 12:01 IST)

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