Saket Gokhale with Rahul Gandhi, Ranvir Bajpai protest outside
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Four BJP office-bearers including Ranvir Bajpai arrested for barging into Gokhale’s building

Four BJP office-bearers including Ranvir Bajpai were arrested and released on bail Saturday for raising slogans outside the Saket Gokhale’s Apartment in Mira Road. Saket Gokhale a former foreign correspondent turned social activist has filed the PIL in Allahabad High Court for postponement of the Ram Mandir’s Bhoomi Pujan at Ayodhya. However, the court has rejected his petition quoting it as ‘based on the assumption’.

Kashimira police have arrested Ranvir Bajpai(33), spokesperson; Vishal Patil(35), President, Yuva Morcha, Navghar unit; Harshal Devane (28), President, Kashimira unit; and Roshan Ghare (28), District Secretary, Yuva Morcha.

They were arrested based on the viral photos and video being circulated on social media. Later, they were produced in Thane Session Court. From where they were released on bail. Court has asked for a personal bond from them. However, the police are on the hunt for six others.

On Friday, these BJP office bearers had barged into Gokhale’s building, Viral Apartment in Kashimira and raised slogans of ‘Jai Shree Ram’. However, Gokhale alleged that they had threatened his mother.

Even while the petition was quashed by the Allahabad High Court, the protesters arrived below his building with placards scribbling ‘Shame on You, Saket Gokhale’.

Gokhale shoots the video from his balcony and tweeted it tagging the Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and MPCC Spokesperson Sachin Sawant. Senior Police Inspector Sanjay Hazare of the Kashimira Police Station reached Gokhale’s resident immediately. However, protester left the place before Hazare reached there.

Gokhale was given police protection on Deshmukh’s instruction. They have been booked under IPC sections 143(a) (unlawful assembly) 188(disobedience), 269, 270 (spread of infection) of the IPC. The Thane Sessions Court released them on personal bond.

What’s the matter

Saket Gokhale, a social activist living in Kashimira, had filed a PIL in the Allahabad High Court. In a petition, he seeking postponement of the Bhumi Pujan program at the Ram temple because of Coronavirus pandemic. Significantly, he said in the petition that according to the guidelines provided by the central government under Unlock 1.0 and 2.0, the religious gathering is banned. However, the petition was rejected by the Honourable High Court. HC observes that the entire petition was filed on the basis of assumptions.

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