In a startling incident that has sent shockwaves through the political landscape, a viral CCTV footage has emerged, revealing BJP MLA Ganapat Gaikwad firing at Shiv Sena leader Mahesh Gaikwad within the confines of a police station. The incident, stemming from a land dispute between the two political figures in Thane district, has sparked widespread condemnation and raised serious questions about the state’s law and order.
Land Dispute Escalates:
The origin of the shocking incident lies in an ongoing land dispute between Ganapat Gaikwad and Mahesh Gaikwad. Both individuals, representing rival factions within the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, were attempting to resolve their differences at a police station in Thane when the situation took a violent turn.
Viral Video Details:
The viral CCTV footage circulating on social media captures the BJP MLA brandishing a pistol and firing indiscriminately at the Shiv Sena leader. The video shows a chaotic scene as onlookers and police officials scramble for safety while Ganapat Gaikwad continues to shoot at Mahesh Gaikwad. What is particularly unnerving is that the incident unfolded within the supposed security of a police station.
Arrest and Critical Injuries:
Following the shooting, Mahesh Gaikwad was rushed to Jupiter Hospital in Thane, where he remains in critical condition due to the severity of his injuries. In response to the incident, the police swiftly arrested Ganapat Gaikwad and three of his associates, initiating legal proceedings against them.
Special Investigation Team Formed:
Reacting to the gravity of the situation, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Phadnavis has ordered the formation of a high-level Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the incident and surrounding circumstances. The SIT will delve into how such a brazen act of violence could occur within a police station, raising concerns about the overall security and functionality of law enforcement.
Political Fallout and Opposition’s Reaction:
The incident has triggered strong reactions from the opposition, with the Maha Vikas Aghadi condemning the breakdown of law and order in the state. Questions have been raised about how a sitting BJP MLA was able to carry a weapon into a police station and open fire in the presence of on-duty police officials. Prominent opposition leaders have called for the resignation of Deputy CM Devendra Phadnavis, demanding accountability for the shocking lapse in security.
As investigations unfold, the incident remains a stark reminder of the challenges facing the state’s law enforcement and the urgent need for a thorough examination of the events leading up to the shooting. The formation of the Special Investigation Team indicates a commitment to uncovering the truth behind this alarming incident that has left the political landscape in turmoil.