Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Nationalist Congress Party had issued a show-cause notice to Vinayak Mete, the Vice-President of its Maharashtra State unit, for the attack at the residence of Loksatta editor, party general secretary D.P. Tripathi told journalists here on Friday.

Distancing the party from the attack against an editorial written in the newspaper, Mr. Tripathi asserted that the party had nothing to do with the attack. “We said it condemns such attacks on the media in the strongest possible words. We are totally committed to the freedom of the press.”

Mr. Tripathi said the attack at the residence of the editor was a spontaneous, individual handiwork of “hoodlums” which had been taken “seriously” by the party.

He said Mr. Mete was a former Shiv Sena MLC who had joined the NCP.