Major parties demand stringent action against Raj Thackeray, including arrest
Soon after the Aurangabad rally conducted by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray, the Aurangabad police Tuesday filed an FIR against him for alleged violations of police conditions at his mega-rally held in that city late on Sunday. The MNS chief has been booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 116, 117, 153, and Section 135 of the Maharashtra Police Act. One MNS leader has also been taken into preemptive custody ahead of the May 4 ultimatum.
After Thackeray’s rally, all major parties like the ruling MVA (Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress), the Samajwadi Party, the Sambhaji Brigade, the Bhim Sena, the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, and others demanded stringent action against him, including arrest.
The Maharashtra police have also launched a statewide crackdown against MNS workers, office-bearers, and others with over 15,000 arrests, notices to 14,000, detaining a few leaders in some areas, and seizing loudspeakers stored for probable use from Wednesday.
As per sources, the Mumbai Police team is likely to go and serve a prohibitory notice under CrPC’s Section 149 on Raj Thackeray, even as senior MNS leaders expressed apprehensions of his possible arrest in the case.
On a complaint lodged by Sub Inspector Gajanan Ingle, the City Chowk Police Station lodged the case against Raj Thackeray and others who organized the May 1 rally for alleged utterances that could incite public passions and disturb the peace, flouting police conditions permitting the rally at the MSC Grounds.
Earlier on Tuesday, Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil held meetings with Director General of Police Rajnish Seth, Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pande, and other top officials, followed by a meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Sena MP Sanjay Raut.
DGP Seth had said before that the Maharashtra police would initiate action against Raj Thackeray “today itself” – a day ahead of his ‘Now OR Never‘ ultimatum to the state government to remove loudspeakers from all mosques by Wednesday (May 4) failing which his workers would blare Hanuman Chalisa at double volumes.
Earlier, in April, the police had lodged an FIR against Raj Thackeray for allegedly brandishing a sword at a rally in Thane city of Maharashtra. The case has been registered under the Arms Act at Naupada Police Station in Thane. Thackeray held a rally in Thane and reiterated his warning to the state government headed by Uddhav Thackeray that it should remove loudspeakers in mosques by May 3.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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