Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar was granted police protection after a fight broke out between Congress and BJP supporters while she was campaigning at a coastal suburb in Mumbai today. Ms Matondkar, who is contesting the national elections on a Congress ticket from North Mumbai constituency, had sought police cover soon after the incident.
“They are doing this to create fear. It’s just the beginning and may take a violent turn. I have asked for police protection as there’s a threat to my life. I’ve filed a complaint,” Ms Matondkar had told news agency ANI then.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone XI) Sangramsinh Nishandar confirmed to news agency PTI that Ms Matondkar has been extended protection until the elections are over.
However, he said there was no proof that those involved in the scuffle were BJP supporters, as claimed by the Congress candidate. “What we can say is that those involved in the incident were commuters,” Mr Nishandar added.
While she was campaigning outside Borivali railway station, some people allegedly started shouting “Modi, Modi” and confronted the Congress workers. Soon, it led to a fight between the two groups.
Ms Matondkar then filed a complaint with the local police station.
“We were peacefully addressing people and from nowhere 15-20 people came and started shouting slogans. I didn’t react to it and thought these things keep on happening and signaled them to let go,” she told ANI. “But they all started vulgar dancing and using abusive language. They probably wanted to scare the women who were walking near us… Then a fight broke out and they even assaulted the women. From the first day I am saying their politics is of hatred… I won’t let this happen in Mumbai.”
“Shocked at the blatant violation of code of conduct and hostile acts by BJP workers.. I was constrained to lodge police complaint for my own safety and to save the dignity of my female supporters,” Ms Matondkar later tweeted.