Mumbai, Oct 22: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Supremo Raj Thackeray after spending a night in jail is now a free man to go. The Kalyan Court on Wednesday, Oct 24 granted interim bail till Oct 24 in Dombivali case.
On Sunday, Oct 19 MNS activists attacked North Indian candidates who were in Mumbai to attend the Grade-4 Railway Board Examinations. Following this, violence erupted all over Mumbai alleging that the Railways neglected Marathis. A Bihar student was killed in the violence. An arrest order on Raj Thackeray and MNS was issued by Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Monday, Oct 20 night. Curfew was declared in Kalyan on Tuesday, Oct 21.
On the wee hours of Tuesday, Oct 21, Raj Thackeray was arrested by Mumbai Police and produced before the Bandra Court later the same day. While he was granted bail in Kherawadi case, he was arrested in Kalyan case. Following this, MNS went on a rampage and held Mumbai for ransom. 3 people were killed in violence and journalists were injured. Around 500 MNS activists were arrested by POlice.
North India reacts
As MNS activists went on rampage attacking North Indians, clashes broke out in Bihar showinmg their fury. A group of students set afire five bogies of the Bhagalpur-Delhi express on Wednesday, Oct 22 Khusropur in Bihar. The train was set on fire, allegedly as a retaliatory move. The protestors were demanding strict action against MNS chief Raj Thackeray. No casualties have been reported as all passengers were forced to disembark before the train was set ablaze.
Book Raj for murder: RJD, LJP, BJP
Slamming the Congress for 'failing' to protect North Indians from MNS men, RJD, LJP and BJP on demanded booking Raj Thackeray for murder after the death of a youth in violence.
LJP chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the Maharashtra government has booked MNS chief Thackeray under bailable sections of the IPC.
"You release him and he will indulge in same activities...he should be booked under section 302 (murder) of the IPC as a candidate (for the railway board exam) injured in Maharashtra violence has died," Paswan told reporters.
BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain dubbed Raj as a 'murderer' and demanded that he be booked under Section 302 of IPC.