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Maharashtra town tense

MUMBAI NOV. 24. The situation in Kankvali town in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, which witnessed largescale arson on Saturday, was `tense but under control' today even as the Shiv Sena sponsored bandh, to protest setting afire of the house of party leader Narayan Rane, evoked a mixed response.

``The situation is under control but tension still prevails in the area,'' sources said.

About 20 persons, mostly Shiv Sainiks, were taken into custody and patrolling was being maintained, police said adding that prohibitory orders have also been clamped.

Trouble started in the coastal belt, hitherto known as a Sena stronghold, after the NCP leader, Satyavijay Bhise, was stabbed to death allegedly by Sainiks, provoking retaliation from NCP workers who stormed into the leader of the Opposition, Narayan Rane's residence and set it ablaze.

The imbroglio has precipitated into a serious political issue with the Sena-BJP combine demanding dismissal of the DF Government for alleged controversial remarks by the Deputy Chief Minister, Chhagan Bhujbal.

The Chief Minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh, rushed to Raj Bhavan today and apprised the Governor, Mohammad Fazal, of the situation. — PTI