Strict action against law-breakers: Deshmukh

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Nashik, Feb 16 (UNI) Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today reiterated that strict action will be taken against those who broke the law during the recent violence in the state.

''Instructions have been given to take strict action against those who took the law in their hands during the agitation,'' the Chief Minister told reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of second All India OBC literary meet here today.

He said there was no need for North Indians to flee, and added that enough protection has been provided for their settlements.

Denying that the recent violence would affect the industries, Mr Deshmukh said, ''It's not that new industries will not come up in Nashik or Maharashtra. In fact, we signed two MoUs yesterday.'' He also denied the claim that the administration was ''passive'' during the agitation.

Regarding the issue of extension of services of DGP Dr P S Pasricha and Mumbai Police commissioner Dhananjay Jadhav, and the High Court's cancellation of the same, Mr Deshmukh said advice of the Advocate General has been sought in the matter and action would be taken accordingly. The state may approach the Supreme Court in this regard, he added.

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