Peace returns to city

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Mumbai, Feb 13 (UNI) After the tension in the Metropolis over the FIR registered against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray and his subsequent arrest, life was slowly limping back to normal with his release on bail as shop-keepers and wayside paan-bidi vendors opened their shops for business this evening.

Earlier, they had downed shutters, apprehending violence following arrest of Raj Thackeray.

Taxis and autorikshaws were back on the roads as people, who had stayed back home out of the lurking fear of violence, ventured out tonight.

Notably, the MNS's tirade against north Indians, the migrant rickshaw drivers and cabmen bore the brunt of the fury, unleashed by its activists.

''My shop remained closed till 1800 hrs, and it was only after I heard news of the MNS chief being released on bail, I dared to open it again'', said a shopkeepeer at Kherwadi market in Bandra East.

Wayside vendors did roaring business with a large number of people patronising them tonight.

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