Friday, April 17, 2015

Five MNS workers arrested for vandalizing Chudasama's office



Mateen Hafeez




Mumbai: The Marine Drive police arrested five workers of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on charges of rioting at the office of former sheriff Nana Chudasama over a message on his popular banner.
 
The arrested included Arvind Gavade, Tushar Salien, Srikant Borule. The names of two others are being withheld. “We produced them before the court and they have been remanded in police custody till April 18. We doing our investigation,“ said a police officer.

Chudasama is known for witty lines on current affairs that he puts up on a banner outside his office on Marine Drive. The banner that was torn read: “Promoting Marathi welcomed, diktat not welcomed.“

Police said that a group of nearly a dozen men entered the office of Chudasama and shouted slogans. Later, they pulled down the poster, tore it and set it on fire. Some panes, flower pots and showpieces were also broken. “They were shouting slogans like `Marathi mansacha vijay aso, Nana Chudasama murdabad. We are probing the case,“ said the officer. The police had registered an offence of rioting under Criminal Amendment Act.

“You can agitate in a democracy , shout slogans but you cannot vandalize. My father has written so many banners and he is entitled to his opinion in a democracy ,“ Chudasama's daughter and BJP spokesperson Shaina NC said. “It is our right and that is the beauty of our setup. One cannot go to a senior citizen's office in such a maner. If you have any problem you can come and discuss it.We have left the case to police's discretion,“ she added.
The MNS maintained that “anti-Marathi“ utterances provoke violence.

Chudasama is a Padmashri and has been running the banner for the last 55 years.



The Times of India, April 17, 2015


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