Prices of perishable goods decline following violence in Mah

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Mumbai, Oct 22 (UNI) Prices of perishable commodities, especially vegetables, have declined marginally since last two days following the violence that broke out in the aftermath of the arrest of Maharashtra Navnirma Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray, as 50 per cent of vendors did not turn up to pick up the goods from wholesale market.

Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) sources told UNI that about 50-60 per cent of vendors, those who buy commodities from the APMC and other wholesale markets, are North Indians. Following Mr Thackeray's arrest and the subsequent violence that spilled on the streets, the vendors fearing monetary losses and threat to their life, did not venture out. As a result, the prices of vegetables and other perishable goods had declined marginally, they added.

Meanwhile, MNS activists, including women, came out on the streets in the city and other parts of the state for the second day today forcing the shopkeepers to down the shutters. They were seen stopping taximen from plying the vehicles in south-central Mumbai.

Some vehicles were damaged by the irate mob at Bycullah in south-central Mumbai this morning.

Police have beefed up security across the city to meet any eventuality in the wake of arrest of Mr Thackeray. State Reserve Police (SRP) have also been deployed in sensitive areas.

UNI ST SSS KK DS1332

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