Situation returns to normal in Nashik industry

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Nashik, Feb 26 (UNI) The situation that had deteriorated following the recent violence unleashed by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists against migrant North Indian workers in the district prompting them to flee to their home states, is gradually returning to normal with police taking various safety measures.

According to Ambad Industries and Manufacturers' Association (AIMA) president Dhananjay Bele, various efforts made by the police to restore peace and build confidence among people in Ambad and Satpur areas had gained rich dividends.

The police took as many as 167 corner meetings in Ambad and around 84 corner meetings in Satpur area. The two areas were affected severely due to the violence unleashed by MNS, as most of the workers in the industries were 'outsiders' who had settled in these areas.

Police set up as many as 30 temporary police outposts in these areas. A special Assistant Commissioner of Police and special Deputy Commissioner of Police were appointed for Ambad area specifically.

Fourteen patrolling vans were monitoring the situation as well. The local police also got help from State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) personnel to monitor the law and order situation.

Police also took help of posters and banners to assure people of their security and not to believe in rumours. There were rumours that 'something' might happen yesterday and some people were threatening the 'outsiders' who had not left the city, to leave till that date. However, no untoward incident occurred.

They also assured people of strict action against the rumour mongers. The police took actions against 833 people from February 3 to 23 and also banished 28 people.

Commissioner of Police S M Sayed himself visits the AIMA office in the morning and evening everyday to monitor the situation, Mr Bele said, adding, all these efforts had restored confidence among people and stopped the people who were thinking of leaving the city.

''Though the situation has not returned to normal totally, it has improved surely. Somehow, we have found some options to overcome the problem. Some of those who had left the city are coming back, we are recruiting new people, even Marathi people. They are being trained.

We have also recruited some women also. As far as the losses are concerned, we are gathering information from industrialists regarding it. The exact figures of which will be available after some time,'' he said.

Admitting that there were some stray incidents of threat to people to leave the city, Mr Bele denied that there was any such incident where an industrialist received any threat. All in all, according to him, the situation was under control. Though there was panic among some people, it was due to the rumours and also phone calls or messages from their relatives and friends from outside the city, he said.

Meanwhile, the MNS had published an advertisement in local newspapers on February 23 appealing Marathi youths and workers to register their names with the party for jobs at various posts in industries here. The advertisement also appealed people not to fall prey to rumours spread by those who want to gain political mileage out of the MNS agitation.

''Some 6,500 people have registered their names from the city as well as rural areas till date. Out of these, nearly 150-200 people have joined in various industries. This has proved our point. Marathi people are willing to work and till now industrialists here were giving jobs to 'outsiders' at low wages instead of the local people,'' MNS state general secretary Vasant Gite told UNI today.

''In this registration, we are not asking anyone to which political party he belongs or from which caste, religion he is,'' he added.

Regarding the threat to people to leave the city till yesterday the MNS leader said since the day MNS president Raj Thackeray appealed people for peace, the party had done nothing of this kind.

Some miscreants and those who want to gain political mileage were doing this for maligning the MNS, Mr Gite added.

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