Party suspects NCP hand

Twenty-three Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) members were arrested by the Mumbai police for allegedly vandalising the office of the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday.

According to the police, NCP workers started sloganeering outside the AAP’s head office at Chakala in Andheri, a western suburb of Mumbai. The party workers broke window panes, burnt effigies and smeared ink on the door.

“The workers were arrested on charges of rioting and vandalising private property. The exact motive behind the attack is to be ascertained,” Additional Commissioner of Police Milind Bharambe told The Hindu.

Separately, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said Mumbai north-west district president, P. Maske, who allegedly led the attack on the AAP office, had been was expelled from the party.

The attack comes just days after the party launched its election campaign in Maharashtra. On Wednesday, top AAP leaders had attacked NCP leaders alleging that they were corrupt.

The AAP leaders also alleged on Thursday that due to corruption, mismanagement and inefficiency in the state power department Maharashtra had incurred losses to the tune of Rs. 22,000 crore.

In a related development, AAP leader Mayank Gandhi and a few party workers were detained by the police while they were en route to protest outside the NCP office in western suburban Mumbai.

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