Mumbai, Oct 20: Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Sunday, Oct 19 warned Raj Thackeray and his party for attacking the north Indian candidates who were appearing for the Railway recruitment examination in Mumbai. Deshmukh said that the state will not tolerate the Maharashtra Navnirma Sena's (MNS) 'gundagiri' and strict action will be taken against it.
"I have directed police commissioners in Mumbai and Thane to deal sternly with those taking law into their hands," he said, adding his government will not 'tolerate MNS gundagiri'. On Sunday, Oct 19 MNS workers attacked 13 railway board examination centres in suburban Mumbai, protesting against what they claim is an inadequate representation of locals Maharashtrians at the examination.
Chief Minister said that his government would have provided 'full security' for the examination centres had the Railway Board given prior intimation about the tests. He was speaking at a flag-off function of direct train service between his hometown Latur and Mumbai.
About 10 MNS activists have been arrested from central suburban Dombivali and Kalyan so far for disrupting the exam and preventing candidates from appearing in the test, police said.
Meanwhile, MNS supremo Raj Thackeray justified the agitation against north Indians and blamed the Railways for publishing the examination advertisements in newspapers which are not normally accessible to Marathi candidates. But it is clear that his party might face tough action in the wake of attacks and difficulties caused to north Indians in Maharashtra.