Maharashtra's Chief Information Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad was beaten up by some persons in Aurangabad today, police said. Six persons, including an ex-corporator of Prakash Ambedkar's Bharip-Bahujan Mahasangh, have been detained in connection with the assault, which took place at the state government's Subhedari Guest House, police said. "We are checking if the assailants were supporters of Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar, who has been critical of Gaikwad over demolition of the 'Ambedkar Bhawan' in Mumbai in June last year," a police official said. Ambedkar, grandson of Dr B R Ambedkar, had filed an FIR against Gaikwad, former Chief Secretary, and Madhukar Kamble, trustee of the People's Improvement Trust, in connection with the demolition of the historic Ambedkar Bhavan in central Mumbai. Gaikwad, who was in Aurangabad to attend a meeting, was attacked after he got out of his car, police said. Police personnel present at the guest house rushed to Gaikwad and rescued the former IAS officer, Aurangabad Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar told PTI. Ambedkar was immediately not available for comment.
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