Three arrested for attack on BJP MP’s car

Three people have been arrested in connection with Sunday’s attack on the vehicle of BJP MP Heena Gavit outside the district collectorate in Dhule district.

Ms. Gavit, who represents the tribal-dominated Nandurbar Lok Sabha constituency, had escaped unhurt in the attack, allegedly by Maratha protesters. She was sitting inside the car when protesters broke its windshield.

25 people charged

A senior police official said that around 25 people had been charged under Section 307 (attempt to murder), 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting) and 341 (wrongful restraint) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code in connection with the incident.

Provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act have also been invoked, the official said.

Meanwhile, a bandh was observed in Nandurbar, Ms. Gavit’s constituency, on Monday, with commercial establishments, shops, schools and colleges remaining shut. Heavy police bandobast was in force across Nandurbar city, police officials said.

The shutdown was also observed in talukas like Akrani, Akkalkuwa, Taloda, Navapur and Shahada, the police said. Some people protesting the attack also staged a rasta roko in Dhule.

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