Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Ex-Navy officer beaten for sharing Uddhav Thackeray cartoon

A retired naval officer was beaten in Mumbai allegedly by activists of Maharashtra’s ruling Shiv Sena for forwarding a cartoon mocking Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Images posted online showed the officer Madan Sharma with wounds on his face and a bloodshot eye. The 65-year-old was allegedly attacked near his home in Kandivalli East, Mumbai. An FIR has been registered in the case. http://https://twitter.com/i/status/1304411651349737479

Mr Sharma, in his complaint, said he had forwarded the cartoon to his residential society’s WhatsApp group. He later received a call from one Kamlesh Kadam, who asked his name and address. In the afternoon, he was called outside the building and was attacked by a group of men.

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Security footage that is being widely shared shows the former officer being thrashed by men, mostly wearing masks. He is seen walking to the main gate of his apartment building and after a few moments, running back inside with a group of men chasing him. They drag him by his shirt and are seen punching him. Several BJP leaders, including former Chief Minister Devendra Phadnavis, posted a photo of an injured Madan Sharma. “Extremely sad and shocking incident. Retired Naval Officer got beaten up by goons because of just a whatsApp forward. Please stop this GundaRaj Uddhav Thackeray ji. We demand strong action and punishment to these goons (sic),” Phadnavis tweeted.

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