In a rather unfortunate display of robustness, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers protested against an open rally of Majid Menon and Mahesh Bhatt – with the Mumbai police doing nothing but sitting as mute spectators. If observed closely, both the state government and the MCGM are bringing about proposals that are giving the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers a chance to protest and take the law and order situation in their hands. One example is that of the MCGM instructing all shops across the city to change their name boards to Marathi – that has given the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers another reason to attack shop owners serving them notice to do it immediately. To protest the notices sent from Raj Thackeray’s party workers, the Federation of Retailers Traders Welfare Association organized a protest meet. The retailers were told to not get scared by the notices. Presided over by popular Bollywood Director Mahesh Bhatt and eminent advocate Majid Menon, the meet saw may NGOs present too. At the time when Majid Menon was informing all present about a case in this regard pending in court, out of no where Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers came to the venue and began disrupting the meet. They went on a rampage by breaking the glass panes of the showroom where the meeting was taking place. They gave threatened all present to abide by their notices or face dire consequences. And after all the action, came the Mumbai police to arrest the disrupters. Both Mahesh Bhatt and Majid Menon met Commissioner of Police Hasan Gafoor later. Showing how much they feared the Mumbai Police, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers came to the CP’s office as well and spoke to the media. And while DCP Zone 2 said that they will take action against the disrupters he too gave the advice to shop owners to change their boards to Marathi. The owner of the showroom where the meet was held had this to say to the media. The entire incident exposed that the Mumbai Police does not have any will to stop anyone who plays with the basic fundamentals of democracy. Home Minister R R Patil and the ruling front seem to be failing citizens of Mumbai in ensuring that equality and justice prevails in Mumbai city. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Rajeev Mishra for NMTV News.
February 13, 2015
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