The Maharashtra Police on Tuesday arrested Union minister Narayan Rane for his remarks on slapping Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for not knowing the year of India’s independence.
He was arrested by the Nashik Police at Sangameshwar in Ratnagiri district. The police is also likely to take the Union minister to Nashik.
Earlier on Tuesday, Nashik Police Commissioner Deepak Pandey issued a warrant for Rane’s arrest after three first information reports were filed against him for making the comment.
The arrests came after a district court in Ratnagiri and the Bombay High Court refused to grant relief to Rane.
The minister had moved an anticipatory bail petition in the Ratnagiri court. In the High Court, he challenged the FIRs and sought protection from arrest. However, both courts rejected his pleas.
At an event in Raigad district on Monday, Rane claimed that Thackeray had forgotten the year of independence during his August 15 speech.
“It is shameful that the chief minister does not know the year of independence,” Rane was quoted as saying by the news agency. “He leaned back to enquire about the count of years of independence during his speech. Had I been there, I would have given [him] a tight slap.”
Rane’s comments angered the Shiv Sena and members of the party held protests in several cities of Maharashtra against the remarks.