Pune: A mob of political hoodlums, including a former corporator belonging to Maharashtra Navnirnam Sena (MNS), assaulted an official of PVR Cinemas over the issue of overpricing of food in multiplexes.
The incident occurred on Thursday evening at PVR Icon multiplex located inside Pavilion Mall at Senapati Bapat Road.
Former MNS corporator Kishore Shinde and Ramesh Pardeshi, who holds the post of vice president of MNS’s film wing, along with a mob of 30-40 members of MNS, barged into the cinema hall on Thursday and assaulted the 25-year-old Assistant Manager Vinod Kumar Mali after initiating a conversation with him related to the rates of food products sold inside the theatre.
The miscreants entered the mall and started questioning Mali about the rates of the overly charged food products sold at the multiplex. Shinde and Pardeshi led an assault on Mali and slapped him when he tried to reason with them.
Dayanand Dhome, Police Inspector, Chatuhshrungi police station, said, “We have arrested the people involved in the assault. The mob, led by Shinde, was enraged over the overpriced eatables sold at the multiplex and assaulted the assistant manager of the cinema hall.”
The police have arrested Shinde, Pardeshi along with three others who were involved in the assault and created ruckus at the theatre.
The other three were identified as Chetan Dhotre, Yogesh Mahendrakar and Satish Wanole. All the accused have been remanded in police custody till Saturday.
The attack was in wake of the recent hearing in Mumbai High Court in which the court has questioned Maharashtra government that why they can’t regulate the price of overpriced food sold at multiplexes.
The bench of Justice Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudesai, while hearing a PIL filed by one Jainendra Baxi, has observed that the prices of food products sold inside multiplexes are exorbitant and directed the State government to examine the Bombay Police Act and see if it can be exercised to regulate prices of eatables sold inside the cinema halls.
The court also observed that sometimes the prices of eatables is even expensive than tickets.
All the accused have been booked for assault, rioting and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.