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Maharashtra's Chief Information Commissioner attacked in Aurangabad

Monday April 17, 2017 10:51 PM, & Agencies

Mumbai: Maharashtra's Chief Information Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad was beaten up by some persons in Aurangabad today, allegedly over demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan.

Gaikwad, who was in Aurangabad to attend a meeting, was attacked after he got out of his car, police said.

Police personnel present at the guest house rushed to Gaikwad and rescued the former IAS officer, Aurangabad Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar told PTI.

Six persons, including an ex-corporator of Prakash Ambedkar's Bharip-Bahujan Mahasangh, have been detained in connection with the assault, which took place at the state government's Subhedari Guest House, police said.

"We are checking if the assailants were supporters of Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar, who has been critical of Gaikwad over demolition of the 'Ambedkar Bhawan' in Mumbai in June last year," a police official said.

Ambedkar, grandson of Dr B R Ambedkar, had filed an FIR against Gaikwad, former Chief Secretary, and Madhukar Kamble, trustee of the People s Improvement Trust, in connection with the demolition of the historic Ambedkar Bhavan in central Mumbai.

Ambedkar was immediately not available for comment.

The Ambedkar Bhavan, where Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar had started the 'Buddha Bhushan Press' was in the middle of a huge controversy, after it was demolished. The state later witnessed several protests over the issue, some of which have even turned violent.


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