Maharashtra Human Rights Commission has issued a show notice cause against the Former Minister of Minority Development and Housing, Jitendra Awhad over an incident that took place two years ago in April 2020.
The alleged incident took place around the time when Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had urged everyone to light up diyas in solidarity with the Covid Warriors.
Anant Karmuse, a civil engineer from Ghodbunder, Thane had edited a picture of Awhad’s face and a lit-up match stick with a caption, “I protest against the person who has edited the photo.”
Karmuse stated that two policemen had come to his house to take him to a superior of theirs to inquire about a case.
He also mentioned that he was taken to the police officials and took him to the minister’s bungalow instead, where 10 to 15 men beat him up with sticks, bamboos, belts and lathis.
Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said an FIR has been registered against unknown people following the complaint.
On October 14th, 2021, the Minister was arrested over the charges of kidnapping and assault and was shortly released. Earlier, five people had been arrested for the alleged abduction, including three police constables.
Awhad took to Twitter, posting a screenshot of a photo that was morphed and said, “Do you support this pervert? Will you tolerate this done against you or your family member? I don’t support lawlessness.”
The then leader of opposition in the Maharashtra state assembly, Devendra Fadnavis demanded the removal of Awhad from the cabinet.
“This is a serious incident where the private bodyguards of a minister beat up a civilian by bringing him to his home. The minister was present when the man was being thrashed,” the BJP leader and former chief minister said.