Mumbai Police on Wednesday detained plenty of MNS employees gathered exterior get together chief Raj Thackeray’s residence, a day after he urged folks to play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers wherever they hear loudspeakers blaring Azaan, whereas an identical motion was taken in opposition to tons of of get together activists in different components of the state, together with Pune, Thane and Nashik.
In Pune and neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad, 200 MNS employees and get together functionaries had been detained, whereas 12 get together activists had been arrested in Thane. Exterior Raj Thackeray’s residence in Shivaji Park space of central Mumbai, police detained a number of MNS activists, however get together functionaries Sandeep Deshpande and Santosh Dhuri managed to shortly depart from the spot in a car when a police workforce tried to catch them.
A feminine police constable fell down whereas taking motion in opposition to MNS employees exterior the get together chief’s dwelling. Heavy police safety was deployed in Mumbai within the wake of Thackeray’s name for “silencing” loudspeakers atop mosques. Police deployment exterior Thackeray’s residence ‘Shivtirth’ was additionally enhanced and barricades had been positioned on the street for clean site visitors motion. Deshpande and Dhuri had been earlier served notices below Prison Process Code Part 149 (for stopping cognisable offences).
After assembly Raj Thackeray on Wednesday, Deshpande got here out and was chatting with reporters when a police workforce got here in the direction of him and tried to take him into custody. Nevertheless, Deshpande shortly sat in an SUV and left from the spot.
The police detained another MNS employees and took them to the Shivaji Park police station in a personal taxi, the official stated. In Pune, a complete of 11 MNS employees/office-bearers, together with the get together’s state secretary Ajay Shinde, had been detained as a precautionary measure after they got here out of the Khalkar Maruti temple within the metropolis after performing ‘maha aarti’ and recital of Hanuman Chalisa, police stated.
“We detained a complete of 58 get together employees and get together functionaries below related sections of Bombay Police Act. As ample police bandobast was deployed within the metropolis, no regulation and order state of affairs arose anyplace,” Pune police commissioner Amitabh Gupta stated. Earlier than being detained, Shinde informed reporters that “maha aartis and recitation of the Hanuman Chalisa had been being completed at numerous locations within the metropolis, as per instructions of MNS chief Raj Thackeray”.
“We carried out the ‘maha aarti’ and recited Hanuman Chalisa on the Khalkar Maruti temple,” stated Shinde. One other senior police official stated a lot of the mosques in Pune kept away from enjoying the early morning Azaan on loudspeakers, following the Supreme Courtroom pointers.
There was no incident of enjoying the Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers close to mosques in Pune throughout the morning Azaan time, he stated. The official additionally stated the police had held discussions with folks from each side and acquired a optimistic response, therefore there was no want for any sturdy motion to date.
In Pimpri-Chinchwad, round 160 MNS employees had been detained as a safety measure, its police commissioner Ankush Shinde stated. Sainath Babar, Pune unit president of the MNS stated at 17 locations within the metropolis, ‘maha aarti’ and recitation of Hanuman Chalisa was carried out.
He accused the state authorities of detaining the protesting get together employees utilizing forceful means. In Thane, 12 activists/office-bearers of the MNS had been arrested by Chitalsar and Kasarwadavali police as a safety measure. They had been later introduced in a courtroom, which ordered their launch on a private bond. They included district chief of the scholar wing of the MNS Sandeep Pachange. The courtroom ordered them to mark their presence at native police station on a regular basis for the following 13 days, failing which they should pay Rs 15,000 as effective.
In Nashik metropolis, police took preventive motion in opposition to a complete of 416 individuals below numerous sections of the Prison Process Code, an official stated. 4 instances had been filed in opposition to MNS office-bearers and activists, together with at Bhadrakali police station in Nashik, the place 5 activists had been booked below part 188 of the IPC and part 135 of Maharashtra Police Act for violating the police commissioner’s orders, he stated.