Mumbai, Sep 12 (PTI) A day after he was assaulted by suspected Shiv Sainiks for allegedly forwarding a cartoon lampooning Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the retired Navy officer on Saturday demanded the CM apologise to him and the country.
The retired officer, Madan Sharma, also said Thackeray should quit his post if he was unable to uphold law and order in the state.
Sharma was roughed up and slapped at his residential complex in suburban Kandivali on Friday morning.
The six accused, who were charged under section 325 of the Indian Penal Code for causing grievous hurt as well as rioting sections, were given bail on Saturday.
Speaking to reporters, Sharma said, 'If something happens to me or my family, I will blame Uddhav Thackeray.' Thackeray should quit if he cannot handle the law and order situation in the state, Sharma added.
Meanwhile, Sharma got support from the opposition BJP, with senior leader and former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis calling the assault 'state sponsored terrorism'.
'The chief minister should stop this goonda raj. Due to pressure, the accused were let off in ten minutes,' alleged Fadnavis. He was speaking to reporters in Patna in Bihar.
Incidentally, joint commissioner of police (law and order) Vishwas Nangre Patil had, earlier in the day, refuted allegations of political interference and said the accused were given bail due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
BJP leader Ashish Shelar said his party would protest till the accused are booked under stringent, non-bailable sections of the law. PTI MR BNM NSK NSK