Soon after Republic TV broke the news of Congress MLA Nitesh Rane attacked a government officer, former Congress spokesperson and now a Shiv Sena member Priyanka Chaturvedi condemned the attack. Taking to Twitter, she said that the attack is a near 'attempt to murder'. Calling the attempt as 'goondagardi', Chaturvedi said that this brazen contempt of law and order should not be spared.
Lashing out on the Congress MLA, Chaturvedi said that the government in Maharashtra should stringently deal with this kind of 'hooliganism'. Expressing her horror on the act of violence in which Nitesh Rane, son of tall Maharashtra leader Narayan Rane poured mud on the government engineer, tied him with ropes and abused him, she said that this act by an elected representative is a contempt of law.
Here is her tweet:
In the video of the incident, Congress MLA and his supporters can be seen can be seen pouring mud on the engineer. The inspection site as per reports is at the Mumbai-Goa highway at Kankavli. As the video proceeds, Rane can be seen threatening highway officer and pulling highway officer from his collar. Narayan's son Nitesh and his supporters alleges that the act was a result of the local administration's callous attitude towards repairing of the potholes on the highway. Infuriated, Nitesh Rane and hence his supporters resorted to throwing mud on highway engineer, tightened him with rope and hurled abuses on him.
When Republic TV spoke to him and asked him as to why did he resort to violence on a citizen, he brazenly said that it is his duty to serve people and he will do anything to serve them. Defending his violent action, he said that it is his right to do so.