NGO activist demands arrest of Rane`s son for firing at him
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Last Updated: Friday, September 24, 2010, 18:37
Mumbai: Chintu Sheikh, a member of the NGO Swabhiman Sangathana, on Friday demanded arrest of Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane's son Nitesh for allegedly firing at him.

"When I went to the office (of Nitesh) in Khar with sweets in my hand, I was cornered by Nitesh's PA, one Zaheed and four body guards. Nitesh tried to kill me," he said, showing the bullet injury on his cheek.

"He should be arrested immediately," the Vikhroli resident told reporters.

Sheikh, who recently joined the NGO run by Nitesh after leaving Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, had told police the bullet first hit a glass and subsequently run into his right cheek and jaw, injuring him seriously. An attempt to murder case was yesterday registered against Nitesh.

"Shaikh had gone to Nitesh's NGO office at around 4 pm yesterday when Nitesh was furious over a matter related to loss he suffered in business. At that time, Shaikh went there with sweets in hand to tell them a good news," a police official said quoting the 35-year-old victim.

"Already angry over another issue, Nitesh in a fit of rage fired one bullet at him which hit a glass there, the victim claimed. Subsequently, the victim said, the bullet pierced into his right cheek," the official added.

He said they were probing the claims made by the victim and that further probe was on.

The accused was charged under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and relevant sections of Arms Act, police added.

Meanwhile, in an apparent reaction over yesterday's attack, Nitesh Rane said on Twitter, "can't trap a tiger using a mousetrap...better luck next time!!


First Published: Friday, September 24, 2010, 18:37

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