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Saturday, March 1, 2008
Shajapur (MP), March 1
After Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, it is now the turn of Bharatiya Janashakti Party president Uma Bharati to lock horns with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray on the issue of celebrating Chhath festival in Mumbai. “I will go to Mumbai to celebrate Chhath and I dare Raj Thackeray to prevent me from doing so if he has guts,” the firebrand former BJP leader announced in a press conference.
Monday, February 18, 2008
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Kindly refer to the media reports about the statements of Raj Thackeray & others about the north Indians / non Marathi community in Maharashtra & their followers spoiling the property in the state & the life / property in danger & human rights are violated, hence you are requested to direct the administration to save the human rights , life & property of non Marathi / north Indian community.
Naresh Kadyan, Convener, IPFA/SPCA,
Mobile - +91-9813010595
- +91- 9313312099
30/347, Dev Colony, ROHTAK - 124001(Haryana)
NHRC notice to Maharashtra govtNew Delhi: Describing the attacks on North Indians in Maharashtra as a serious issue of human rights violation, the NHRC on Monday issued notice to the State government and sought its reply within four weeks. The Commission had taken a suo moto cognisance of a report alleging that a person fled Nasik with his family after he and his family was beaten up by Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers.
Drawing the attention of the state Chief Secretary to the reports highlighting that one Sanjiv Singh had fled Nashik with his family due to terror and violence by MNS activists, the rights panel said that if found true it amounts to serious violation of human rights.
Quoting the reports, the panel said "these people were threatened by MNS workers to leave Maharashtra or face consequences." The report also said that another person Rehman Bhai also alleged that MNS activists threatened them.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
End of Raj days; held, bailed out
n 1 killed in Nashik violence
n 200 cadres held
n 10,000 migrants flee Mumbai
|Mumbai, February 13 |
Chief of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Raj Thackeray was arrested today nearly two weeks after his supporters ran riot on the streets of Mumbai attacking North Indian migrants. After picking up Raj from his residence in Dadar in Central Mumbai, the police produced him before a magistrate’s court at Vikhroli.
|Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray is escorted after his arrest at his residence in Mumbai on Wednesday. — PTI|
MUMBAI: Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi was arrested on Wednesday on the charge of promoting between groups and granted bail within an hour by a court here after he furnished a bond of Rs 10,000, his lawyer said.
Azmi, picked up from his Colaba residence, was produced before the Bhoiwada court in Central Mumbai immediately after his arrest.
Though the police sought Azmi's custody, the magistrate granted him a judicial custody for 14 days time upon which his lawyers moved a bail plea successfully, his lawyer A Q Usmani said.
The media was not allowed inside the court room.
Azmi, an MP, has been charged with making inflammatory statements at a political rally in Shivaji Park on February 3.
The police had registered case against him on February 10 at the Shivaji Park police station under IPC sections 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 comission of any offence by the public).
MUMBAI: Raj Thackeray was granted conditional bail on Wednesday evening for a sum of Rs 15,000. Earlier in the day Thackeray and Azmi had been arrested.
Azmi was granted bail within an hour of his arrest for an amount of Rs 10,000.
There were incidents of violence across the state after his arrest.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Centre rushes more paramilitary forces to Maharashtra
Mumbai, February 12
The situation in Maharashtra, particularly in parts of Mumbai, continued to be tense following reports of attacks on North Indian migrants and their properties in different parts of the state by suspected activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
|SP leader Abu Azmi is escorted by security persons outside the party's Colaba office in Mumbai on Tuesday.|
— PTI photo
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Raj warns of fresh attacks on north Indians
Tribune News Service
Mumbai, February 9
More than four days after the Maharashtra government threatened to arrest Raj Thackeray, the leader of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena today warned of fresh attacks on North Indians if they did not behave.
Clearly unapologetic about the incidents of the past few days, when members of the MNS attacked migrants from North India, Thackeray said such incidents were a response to their political mobilisation.
The North Indians, Raj Thackeray alleged, were using their religious festival Chhath Puja “to show their strength and browbeat the Marathi people”.
“I am not against Chhath Puja. But what I oppose is that it is used as a means to show strength,” Thackeray said.
Earlier, while calling the press conference, Raj Thackeray’s men prevented television journalists of English and Hindi channels from covering the event. Reporters of even print media, who were not of Marathi origin, were prevented from entering the press conference venue.
Justifying his decision, Raj Thackeray said the English and the Hindi media were biased against the Marathi people by supporting the North Indians in their coverage. Thackeray reserved his vitriol for the
Hindi channels calling them “bhaiyya” channels, using the popular term to describe all North Indians on the streets of Mumbai.
“We should not be blamed for the last week’s incidents. It is the Samajwadi Party and its city president Abu Asim Azmi, who are responsible.
‘Hum lathi baatenge’. I say we will retaliate by distributing swords to our people,” Raj Thackeray said.
He further warned that the MNS would repeat its attacks on North Indians if required.
Raj Thackeray further reiterated that the entry of outsiders into Mumbai be restricted. “New migrants should not be allowed to enter the city, while those already here must learn to respect the Marathi ‘manoos’ and their culture,” he said.
Earlier today, the Maharashtra Times published an article featuring Raj Thackeray, which further insulted North Indians. Thackeray poked fun at Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘chora ganga kinarewala’ stand and asked him to develop his own state rather than throw his weight around in Maharashtra.
“I am here to protect Marathi culture from the ‘goondaism’ of UP and Bihar,” Thackeray said. He further appealed to the Marathi-speaking people to join him in his struggle.
“If the Prime Minister can rake up the issue of ban on turbans for the Sikhs in France when the French President came to India, if Karunanidhi can take up the issue of problems of Tamils in Malaysia with the Malaysian government, if the Hindi channels in Mumbai spew venom against Maharashtra while supporting the people from UP and Bihar, then how come I am dubbed as a ‘goonda’ when I speak about the self-respect of the state?”
Raj further thanked Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh for not putting him behind bars for an incident at his son’s school yesterday.