- Ramdas Athawale was allegedly assaulted at a function in Ambernath
- The minister was allegedly pushed and slapped on the face
- The attacker is said to be an activist of Ramnath Athawale's party
A man pushed and allegedly assaulted Union Minister of State Ramdas Athawale after a function in Ambernath town, late on Saturday night, officials said.
The incident occurred as the minister came down after addressing a meeting when the accused suddenly lunged at him, pushed and slapped him on the face, according to eyewitnesses.
Even as some supporters rushed to the minister's aid, pushed away the attacker and roughed him up, Mr Athawale's personal bodyguards and police security pinned him down and whisked off from the venue.
The motive behind the attack is not known though the youth is said to be an activist of Republican Party of India, headed by Mr Athawale, and which is a constituent of the ruling NDA.
#WATCH Maha: People thrash Pravin Gosavi, a worker of the youth wing of Republican Party of India, who slapped Union Minister & party leader Ramdas Athawale at an event in Thane y'day. Gosavi has been admitted to a hospital. FIR registered against him, investigation on. (08.12) pic.twitter.com/zvYmNaV8Wi- ANI (@ANI) December 9, 2018
Though appearing a bit shaken by the incident, the minister departed for Mumbai shortly thereafter, while the attacker was detained by police for investigations.