Mob attack Loksatta newspaper Editor's residence

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Thane, Jun 5: A mob of around 70 people today attacked Loksatta newspaper Editor Kumar Ketkar's residence here to stage their protest against an editorial.

The editorial of the newspaper referred to the installation of Shivaji's statue in Mumbai.

According to the sources, the angry mob, belonging to Shiv Sangram group made an unsuccessful attempt to enter Mr Ketkar's house at around 1015 hrs. They banged the main entrance of the house. Having failed to enter the house, they became furious and heavily pelted stones on the house breaking its window glasses.

The mob also smeared black paint at the entrance door of the house. Immediately after the incident, the police said they nabbed five people from the mob.

All the members of the mob had wooden blocks and sticks with them as they had aimed to hurt Mr Ketkar.

According to the police, the mob could not enter the Editor's house therefore, the inmates, including Mr Ketkar and his wife were safe, otherwise the mob would have attacked them.

The Shiv Sangram group is led by Vinayak Mete, originally of the Nationalist Congress Party, headed by Sharad Pawar.

Tension prevailed in the area after the incident.


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