Friday, April 4, 2014

Sena, MNS workers clash during nomination in SoBo

FLAGGING OFF TROUBLE: Shiv Sainiks, MNS workers clash at collectorate gate, pelt stones, glass bottles; (left) S B Singh Road saw massive traffic snarls 
 

In City’s First Poll Violence, 11 Injured, 11 Supporters Held

 

Somit Sen | TNN

    The city saw its first pollrelated violence on Thursday afternoon when close to 200 supporters of the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) clashed at the gates of the city collector’s office, injuring 11 persons, including a TV cameraman. Police have booked 11 persons for rioting.
  
  A situation developed as Sena candidate from Mumbai South Arvind Sawant and the MNS candidate from South-Central Aditya Shirodkar arrived with hordes of supporters at the Old Customs House around 1pm on Thursday to file their nominations for the Lok Sabha elections.
  
  The police had clearly not anticipated such a huge turnout and were outnumbered. Cheering for the candidates soon turned into jeering of the opponents and the workers of the MNS and Sena, whose leaders are locked in a bitter war of words, began hitting out with the flagstaffs, said the police.
  
  “It eventually turned out to be a serious altercation and they began pelting stones,” said additional police commissioner (south region) Krishna Prakash. “Soon, they were hurling glass bottles and soda water bottles and this resulted in a few people sustaining serious head injuries, including a cameraman,” he added. The police lathicharged and brought the situation under control.
 
    But there was a massive traffic snarl on S B Singh Road as one side of the carriageway road was blocked following the incident.
 
    Of the 11 injured, three, including a woman, had to be admitted to St George Hospital for head injuries. “Most of them had sustained minor injuries in the shoulder, hands and head. Those admitted have been mostly kept for observation,” said Dr Jagdish Bhavani, medical superintendent.
 
    The MRA Marg police have registered a case of rioting, assaulting policeman on duty and creating obstacles in discharge of duty under various sections of the IPC. “We have arrested seven Shiv Sainiks and four persons from MNS. They are in the police station and will be produced before a court on Friday,” said an officer.
 
    Senior officials at the collectorate said there had been no breach of the election code of conduct, but it was a criminal offence as it affected law and order. “As per the code of conduct, there should be only four people along with the candidate inside the returning officer’s (RO) premises. Also, as per the Election Commission rules, only three vehicles can be parked 100m from the RO’s office. Both rules were followed by the candidates,” one of them said.
    (Inputs by Chittaranjan Tembhekar,  Mateen Hafeez & Sumitra Deb Roy)


The Times of India, April 4, 2014

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