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Loksatta Editor’s house attacked

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Seven persons arrested; horrifying and shameful, says Ketkar

— PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

DRAWS IRE: The residence of Loksatta Editor Kumar Ketkar that was vandalised by the Shivsangram organisation for his editorial on Shivaji statue on Thursday.

MUMBAI: The residence of Loksatta Editor Kumar Ketkar was attacked in Thane on Thursday morning by a group of 80 persons protesting against his editorial, published in the Marathi daily on Wednesday. Mr. Ketkar’s writing had criticised the Maharashtra government’s decision to erect Chhatrapati Shivaji’s statue off the Marine Drive in Mumbai.

“It was bad but could have been much uglier as the group attacked our house, pelting stones and smashing window panes and glassware inside our apartment…,” Mr. Ketkar told The Hindu.

Mr. Ketkar said that a colleague had warned him, through an SMS, that his house could be attacked. Mr. Ketkar had, in turn, informed the police but the attack came right after the alert and the police could not do anything. The attackers, armed with coal tar and kerosene, had also brought a cameraperson with them, who distributed the footage to TV channels. Following the attack, the group raised the slogan “Shivsangram Zindabad.”

Shivsangram is an outfit led by Vinayak Mete of the Nationalist Congress Party.

Describing the attack as horrifying and shameful, Mr. Ketkar said that all political parties paid only lip service to the freedom of press and for them their party slogans and agendas were more important. Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil condemned the attack and promised stern action against the perpetrators. He said that seven persons were arrested .

Mr. Patil denied that his party supported the attack in any way and said that the position of the people involved and their parties would not come in the way of his resolve to take action against them.

The editorial titled ‘Avatarli Shiv Shahi’ (Shivaji’s rule born) was not against the warrior king but the present government, he said. “It was indeed sarcastic but not provocative and even Shivaji would not have approved of the government’s move to spend hundreds of crores of rupees on the statue when farmers were committing suicides and children were dying of malnutrition.”

Mr. Mete defended the action of his supporters. He told a local TV channel that the editorial was certainly in bad taste and even attached Shivaji’s name to wine and liquor and such references were provocative. All political parties issued statements condemning the attack.

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