Navi Mumbai Police arrested Raigad Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) general secretary Prashant Patil for allegedly misbehaving with the Suresh Amirapu, CEO of PSA Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal Ltd in the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), reported The Indian Express. JNPT and PSA Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal Ltd is working on a joint project. The action was taken against the NCP leader after taking notice of a video that showed Patil abusing the CEO. As per IE report, according to a senior police official, the Raigad NCP general secretary on August 10 had barged into the office of Amirapu demanding jobs and land for locals in Uran.
Amirapu was at the meeting when Patil barged in and hurled abuses and flung sheets of paper at Amirapu’s face. The video also shows Patil dropping names and claiming that Amirapu was not keeping “the commitment made to (NCP chief) Sharad Pawar”.
A complaint was lodged with JNPT which was then forwarded to Navi Mumbai Police. Taking note of the complaint the Nhava Sheva police lodged a non-cognizable complaint. According to IE report, the senior officials took cognizance and registered a FIR against Patil after the video went viral.
Prashant Burde, Joint Commissioner of Police, Navi Mumbai, said,”He was arrested on Thursday under sections of the IPC. A court granted him bail. While initially a non-cognizable complaint was lodged, the CP and I decided to register a FIR,” the report added.
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As per the IE report, a senior official said that the NCP leader dropped names even when he was brought questioning at the Navi Mumbai police headquarters. The official said,”We received a call from one Satish Patil, who claimed to be Pawar’s OSD. He asked us not to register a FIR against Patil. However, the video clearly shows Patil hurling abuses and dropping names during the discussion with Amirapu, so we decided to convert it into a FIR.”
Another senior official said that Patil was there at a meeting between JNPT director and Pawar around a month ago. He said,”The brazenness with which he dropped Pawar’s name came from his proximity to the boss. It is also evident from the fact that police officers got a call from his OSD to not take cognizance of the matter.”
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik told IE that the party cannot justify such an act. The party will call for an explanation and then take action. He further said,”It appears the NCP leader was raising local issues of jobs for locals, but there is a way of placing your views. It cannot be through abuse or violence, which may be allowed in other parties but certainly not in NCP.”