Shiv Sena (UBT) Leader Slaps On Duty Civic Official During Heated Argument, Faces Charges

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A senior inspector from the civic licencing department, who was on duty to remove illegal sugarcane and paan stalls in Mulund West on February 24, was allegedly slapped by Shiv Sena (UBT) shakha pramukh Anand Pawar after a heated fight.

The incident occurred in Mulund’s Vaishali Nagar when BMC inspector Ramesh Salve, 55, was tasked with clearing illegal stalls off the footpaths. Pawar approached the JCB and attempted to stop him while he was working. The inspector stated that he was performing his duties as directed by the assistant commissioner of T Ward (Mulund West). According to Salve, this sparked a heated debate, and Anand Pawar smacked him.

A police official said, “We have filed a complaint against Anand Pawar under the Indian Penal Code for assault and criminal intimidation, as well as employing criminal force to stop a public worker from performing his duties. He received a notice under 41a CrPc and was instructed to visit the police station every day.”

According to authorities, the complainant, Salve, is a senior inspector in the Licencing department at T Ward who removes unlawful posters, banners, and stalls. Salve, along with sub-inspector Priti Hirwe and constable Sharad Chavan, went to the Vaishali Nagar area and took action against unlicensed sugarcane juice and paan stalls. The stalls were removed and stored in an open truck with the assistance of JCB.

Salve claimed that after he left the location where the stalls were being dismantled, he received a call from a staff member informing him that a political leader was standing in front of his truck and refused to leave. Salve returned there and saw that Anand Pawar, a Shiv Sena (UBT) pramukh, was using profane language.

“Pawar started shouting at me asking for me to instantly put the stall back where it was,” claimed the complaint. Salve then contacted the Mulund police station, and police arrived on the spot. They dispersed the throng, and Pawar refused to approach the police station, said to an officer. “We recorded the statement of Salve and the case was registered under several relevant sections of the IPC,” the officer went on to say.