Shirodkar’s bros booked for murder

 The Ponda police have booked four persons, including two brothers of a former minister, for an attempt to murder a senior citizen during a gramsabha of the Shiroda village panchayat in Ponda on Sunday.

Police booked Ramchandra Naik, Vikrant Karapurkar, Megashyam Shirodkar and Amit Shirodkar, all residents of Shiroda. Megashyam and Amit are brothers of former Shiroda MLA and state minister Subhash Shirodkar, Ponda PI Sagar Ekoskar told media persons on Sunday.

Police have arrested only Ramchandra Naik. They said they are verifying the role of the other three accused and they would be arrested if they are found guilty.

Sources said that the brawl was triggered on the issue ofa homeopathic clinic situated in the panchayat hall for about a decade. Locals pointed out during the gramsabha that the clinic was obstructing the hall and they cannot use the hall for any ceremony. Some locals had sought information from the panchayat as to how much revenue has been raised by the clinic to the village civic body.

The clinic is being operated by the Shree Kamaxidevi homeopathic college, Shiroda, which is managed by Subhash Shirodkar. The issue irked his supporters, who led led the assault. Police also confirmed the incident, adding that they were summoned by locals after the assault. [TOI]