Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to Navy veteran Madan Sharma, says attack on him unacceptable

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday called up retired naval officer who was attacked by Shiv Sainiks in Mumbai over a social media message, and termed the incident as “completely unacceptable and deplorable”.

“Spoke to retired naval officer, Shri Madan Sharma who was attacked by hooligans in Mumbai and enquired about his health. Such attacks on Ex-Servicemen are completely unacceptable and deplorable. I wish Madanji a speedy recovery,” the defence minister tweeted.

Earlier in the day, six Shiv Sena workers including two Sena shakha chiefs were granted bail within 24-hours of arrest as accused in the attack. Mumbai police on Friday night had arrested six including two Shiv Sena shakha chiefs Kamlesh Kadam and Sanjay Manjre.

The state government also came under fire from Leaders of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis (Assembly) and Pravin Darekar (Council), besides other leaders who urged the government to “stop goonda raj”

Madan Sharma, 62, the former Indian Navy officer, was assaulted on Friday in the Kandivali area of Mumbai allegedly by a group of workers of Maharashtra’s ruling Shiv Sena for forwarding on social media a cartoon mocking Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.