MNS supporters resorted to stone-pelting at police vehicles outside the Bandra court. Police were forced to fire tear gas shells and resorted to baton charge to control the mobs. This is the second time in eight months that Thackeray has been arrested for his tirade against north Indians.
6:40 PM 10/21/2008
Mumbai, Oct 21: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena supremo Raj Thackeray was sent to judicial custody till Nov 4 by Bandra Court on Tuesday, Oct 21 evening for Kalyan incident. He is charged with provoking violence under section 153 of Indian Penal Code. Raj is also charged with intent to cause riot and damage to property. Raj Thackeray was granted bail in Kherwadi case. Hearing on Kalyan case is on Wednesday, Oct 22.
In response to Raj's arrest, MNS have declared bandh in Mumbai. Situation is tense as MNS activits clashed with police on the streets. Violence was reported from different part of the state. School were shutdown. Areas in and around Mumbai reported less traffic on roads. But the local train and buses were fuctioning as usual.
The Police also imposed a two-month gag order on Raj thus preventing him from addressing public rallies and talking to the media. Raj has been charged under Sections 153, 353, 336, 425 and 427 of IPC, police sources said. More than 30 MNS activists were arrested from Dombivali, Thane, Andheri and Nala Sopara for disrupting the exam, tearing test papers and pelting stones on candidates, police said.
On Monday, Oct 20 a court in Jamshedpur forwarded a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Raj Thackeray to Mumbai police.
The NBW has been issued against Thackeray for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Biharis. Mumbai Police said that the NBW would be executed this week.
The non-bailable warrant was issued by the court of first class judicial magistrate A K Tiwary on September 30 directing the MNS leader to be present before him on November 17.
The court directive came on a petition filed against Thackeray by Hammed Raza Khan, a lawyer, for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of a section of society.
4:16 PM 10/21/2008