Mumbai: In yet another stunt outside Mantralaya, a 30-year-old man attempted to commit suicide by pouring kerosene over himself on Wednesday near the media gate. Ganesh Dilip Pawar (30), a member of the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh party, attempted to commit suicide by pouring kerosene outside the gate at Mantralaya on Wednesday at 1:30 pm. The security guards stopped Pawar and took away the bottle of kerosene from him. Later, Pawar started shouting and demanding that he should be arrested.
After the Marine Drive police reached the spot, Pawar demanded the arrest of Sambhaji Bhide, leader of Shivraj Pratisthan Hindustan, the prime accused in the Bhima-Koregaon violence. Pawar was taken to Gokuldas Tejpal hospital near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Pawar had travelled from his native from Ahmednagar to Mumbai to attempt suicide.
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According to Vilas Gangwane, Senior Police Inspector, Marine Drive police, “We have detained Ganesh Pawar. Pawar is a member of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh party led by Prakash Ambedkar. He demanded the arrest of Sambhaji Bhide in the Bhima-Koregaon violence case. We will be producing Pawar before the Esplanade Court on Thursday. “Such incidents of committing stunts outside Mantralaya to draw attention have been increasing,” added Gangwane.
Twenty-eight-year-old Rahul Fatangale died in the violence and three were injured during violence that broke out on January 2 at Bhima Koregoan and surrounding villages near Pune during celebrations to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Koregoan.
On March 23, Gulab Maruti Shingari (56), a labourer tried to commit suicide by pouring kerosene outside Mantralay since he was Shingari was a native of Nashik. On February 17, Sakhubai Karbhari Zalte (65) consumed a bottle of cough syrup opposite Mantralay. Zalte, a resident of Vadgaon, Chandvad near Nashik wanted to grab eye-balls to settle a land acquisition dispute case which was ongoing since 1997. On February 8, Harshal Raote, a murder convict on parole leaped to death from the fifth floor of Mantralay. On January 22, Dharma Patil, an 84-year-old farmer from Dhule district consumed poison at Mantralay demanding adequate compensation for an acquired land at Dhule.