Satara: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) workers were left anxious moments after the party president Sharad Pawar was "locked up" inside an auditorium in Maharashtra's Satara on Wednesday, after a door lock suddenly got jammed.
Maharashtra NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that the incident happened after Sharad Pawar addressed a packed media conference and was getting ready to leave the venue.
The door, however, refused to budge. The handle of the door appeared to have jammed the lock, preventing it from opening either from the inside or outside, Malik added.
Several NCP MLAs, activists, journalists and auditorium staffers tried to open the door but without much success. Finally, they had to break open the lock.
77-year-old, Sharad Pawar, appeared amused by the development. After some 10 minutes, he was able to walk out of the venue.
Earlier, the NCP Chief paid homage to eminent academic, the late 'Karmveer' Bhaurao Patil, on the occasion of his 59th death anniversary at the 99-year-old Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, founded in 1919.