New Delhi: A day after Republican Party of India (RPI) President Ramdas Athawale cried foul for having been dropped from a reality show Big Boss 2 aired on Viacom18's Colors channel, RPI activists attacked the channel office.
The parliamentarian's supporters barged into the offices of the newly opened channel in Andheri East and broke windowpanes, damaged furniture and fittings inside and outside the premises. They also broke the glass exterior, though they did not manage to cause any extensive damage.
About 500 RPI workers staged a roadblock outside the office on the busy Andheri-Kurla road, which leads to the airport, and also burnt an effigy of actor Shilpa Shetty who is hosting the show.
The police have detained 22 people. The State Reserve Police Force has reached the location to control the mob attacking the office.
Athawale then threatened to move court alleging that he was dropped from Bigg Boss 2 because he is a Dalit.
He told reporters his name was finalised by the newly-launched channel and after confirming his participation in the show he was dropped.
"I was invited by the channel to participate in the show from August 16, but they did not turn up. There was no communication from the channel on August
16," Athawale, who is also a Lok Sabha MP, said.
"When I asked the channel about it, they replied that I was too high-profile to fit in the show," he added.
Last week, Aamir Khan's brother Faisal Khan filed a case in a city court alleging his name was dropped from the show at the last moment without assigning any reason.
The second season of the show, which is being hosted by Celebrity Big Brother winner and Bollywood star, Shilpa Shetty, which went on air on Monday, will see 14 celebrities drawn from various walks of life staying in a house together for 84 days without any contact with the outside world.
The introductory episode of the second season of the show drew maximum viewership in its time slot among general entertainment channels. Over four million viewers sat glued to their TV sets watching contestants such as Rahul Mahajan, Sanjay Nirupam, Monica Bedi and Jade Goody.
(With inputs from PTI)