Mumbai tense over imminent arrest of Raj; security tightened


Mumbai, India : The country’s financial capital Wednesday remained tense over the possible arrest of MNS chief Raj Thackeray and SP leader Abu Asim Azmi on the charges of inciting people.

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Though the police are tight-lipped about when both the leaders could be arrested, they have given ample indications that arrests are mandatory as they have been charged under cognizable and non-bailable offences.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra state government has requisitioned paramilitary forces to meet any eventuality and security has been beefed in different parts of the city in case they are arrested.

Incidents of stone pelting and assault were reported yesterday from different parts of the state including Nashik Pune, Jalna, Beed, Aurangabad and Latur towns. Public property including state transport buses were targeted in most of the cases.

Also, security continues to be tight in the vicinity of Thackeray’s residence and the movement of the people is highly regulated. Media personnel are also being kept at bay by the security men.

The city police had registered cases on Sunday night against Thackeray and Azmi at separate police stations under section 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153 A (promoting enmity between groups on the basis of places of birth, residence etc) 153 D (assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 117 (abetting the commission of any offence by the public) of the IPC.