Thane District Rural police booked all of them last night under sections 143,147,149, 452, 504, 506 and 427 of the IPC and also under sections 37(1)/135 of the BP act following a complaint in this regard. After police registered an offence against the MLA, journalists from Bhayander who had staged a sit-in in front of the police station since Monday called off their protest.
The journalists had undertaken the protest after Mehta and irked BJP activists, took objection to a picture of State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in a publication and allegedly threatened scribe Vasant Mane. Mehta along with his men had held a dharna at the Bhayander police station on the night of February 24 and later took a morcha to Mane's house where the legislator allegedly abused and threatened him and his wife.
Mane's house was ransacked too following which a complaint in this regard by filed by the local journalists association, demanding strong action against the culprits.