We’ll execute non-bailable warrant against Raj Thackeray: police
Mumbai: Following the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s attack on north Indian candidates for the Railway Recruitment Board exam on Sunday, the State government has begun a crackdown on the party activists and may even apprehend its leader Raj Thackeray.
“The Mumbai police will execute a non-bailable warrant against Raj Thackeray,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone V) Milind Bharambe on Monday. However, “there is no timeline” for the warrant.
The warrant was issued by a Jamshedpur court on September 30 in a case accusing Mr. Thackeray of making derogatory remarks against “uttarbharatiya” (north Indian) people, said Mr. Bharambe.
An Assistant Police Inspector at the main control room said 319 MNS workers had been arrested so far. A delegation comprising Director-General of Police A.N. Roy, Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gaffoor, Chief Secretary Johnny Joseph and Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president Kripashankar Singh met Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Monday.
They asked the State to write to the Railway Ministry to print exam advertisements in Marathi newspapers if that was not being done. “The Chief Minister has assured us that strict action will be taken,” said Krishna Hegde, Mumbai Congress spokesperson.
CM owns responsibility
Mr. Deshmukh on Monday owned responsibility for the government’s failure to prevent the MNS attacks and ordered a probe. The inquiry will also go into why the job advertisements were not given in Marathi newspapers.
“What has happened is not good. Such incidents take place because of loopholes in the law. One can’t hold only the Home Ministry responsible for it, it is the [entire] government’s responsibility,” Mr. Deshmukh told reporters here.
“Such incidents are affecting the image of the state and I have instructed the DGP to take stern action,” he said.