In a video that surfaced on Wednesday, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) members were seen attacking non-Maharashtrians on the pretext of demanding preference to local youth for jobs in the MIDC Kupwad industries area.
Kupwad, formerly a small town, now houses the MIDC industrial area harbouring many foundries, spinning mills, chocolate factories, oil manufacturing, cold storage etc. Notable foundries are Tulsi foundry, J sons foundry. Lotte is a chocolate manufacturing industry is housed here. Notable spinning mills like Toto Toya spin ltd. Oil manufacturing factory ( Chakan oil mills) are also housed here.
MNS-led by Raj Thackeray has been vocal against outsiders migrating to Maharashtra in search of employment. The MNS raised the issue of unemployment among Maharashtrian youths and blamed the 'outsiders'-mostly migrant north Indians-for the same. Following Raj's tirade, MNS workers beat up north Indian hawkers and cab drivers.
In 2008, clashes broke out between MNS and Samajwadi party workers over "cultural dadagiri (bullying) of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar migrants and their leaders"