Dawood directs Mumbai violence; Is Raj Thackeray listening?

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Raj Thackeray and Dawood Ibrahim
Mumbai, Sept 7: Putting an end to all speculations, Intelligence Bureau (IB) on Friday, Sept 7 confirmed the news that India's most wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim indeed had directed the violence at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Aug 11.

The IB officials submitted a report to the state home minister RR Patil explaining the details of their investigation which showed how Dawood and his aides had played a vital role to execute the violence in the dream city.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan recently told media that initial reports suspected that the mastermind behind the entire incident might be residing abroad.

The IB officials claimed that several call details, which show how many calls were made on Aug 10 and Aug 11 from two cities in Pakistan to Mumbai, would be enough to prove Dawood's role behind the violence.

"The motive was to cause chaos and possibly instigate communal riots in other parts of the city," said IB officials while stating about their report. They also informed how the underworld gang members were asked to mingle with the mob who held the rally at Azad Maidan protesting against the government's inaction over Assam riots. The gang members had allegedly started the violence.

The IB reports might have shocked Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray. The MNS supremo had created much controversy soon after the violence at Azad Maidan by blaming Mumbai police.

Soon he resumed his protest against the Biharis who reside in Mumbai. Raj Thackeray earlier had slammed the Bihar Chief Secretary Navin Kumar for writing a letter to the Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh. In the letter, Mr Kumar is reported to have expressed his displeasure over the Mumbai police picking up Abdul Qadir Ansari from Sitamarhi village without first informing their counterparts in Bihar. Ansari is accused of desecrating the Amar Jawan Memorial at Mumbai's Azad Maidan on Aug 11.

Protesting against Navin Kumar's letter, Raj Thackeray earlier had stated, "If the Bihar government tries to become a hurdle in the way of police investigation, then my party would dub every Bihari in Maharashtra as an infiltrator and would force them to leave the state."

Later, the MNS chief also threatened to close down the Hindi TV channels and the leader faced criticism from all parts as most of the political leaders started slamming the MNS chief over his statements against Biharis and TV channels.

Now, after citing the latest report submitted by the intelligence bureau, will the MNS chief soften his voice against the Biharis as he has been spitting venom against the migrants for allegedly creating ruckus in Mumbai?

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