01 November, 2020

The Mob's Fond Farewell

Sena muscleman Anand Dighe's untimely death has followers going on the rampage

Abhijit Bhatlekar
The Mob's Fond Farewell
An outburst of the Shiv Sena's penchant for lumpenism was perhaps a fitting farewell to a leader who embodied the party's belligerent spirit. On the night of August 26, scant hours after Anand Dighe—the party's powerful Thane district chief—had succumbed to a heart attack, the local Sunitidevi Singhania Hospital, where he was recuperating, itself became the target of a rampaging mob.

Dighe, 49, had been admitted to the hospital after his jeep collided with a bus in Thane, barely two hours away from Mumbai. Doctors performed an emergency orthopaedic surgery on the morning of August 26, after which he was conscious and even received visitors. However, towards the evening, he suffered a massive heart attack and could not be revived.

Although Dighe, a bachelor, was known to be a heavy smoker and had survived an earlier cardiac arrest, rumours of negligence flew thick and fast after his death was announced a little after 10.30 pm, with disastrous consequences. A restive mob of over 1,500 Sainiks ran amok for more than three hours, reducing the 200-bed hospital into a...


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