Amid a raging row over the screening of My Name is Khan, Shiv Sena MPs on Wednesday decided to return their security to protest Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s threat to remove security cover provided to the party’s executive chief Uddhav Thackeray.

“We have already returned the security cover since this morning,” party leader Sanjay Raut, who is also a member of the Rajya Sabha, told PTI. He said letters have been written by party leaders to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari in this regard.

Condemning the Chief Minister’s statement that he would withdraw the Z-plus security cover to Mr. Thackeray, Mr. Raut alleged that the remarks were “irresponsible” in view of the fact that their leader faced threats from “terrorists and traitors“.

Reports from Mumbai had it that the Chief Minister warned Shiv Sena that if they did not allow smooth screening of the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer, then he would withdraw the security cover of Mr. Thackeray.

The Sena has resorted to violent protests to stop the screening of My Name is Khan in Mumbai to protest Mr. Khan’s remarks supporting inclusion of Pakistani players in IPL.