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Maharashtra tense: Centre rushes more paramilitary forces
February 12, 2008 19:19 IST
As Maharashtra remained tense with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's campaign against North Indians spreading to new areas, additional central paramilitary forces were rushed to the state on Tuesday to control the situation.
"The Home Ministry is providing central forces to the state government as requested by it. Rapid Action Force units are already positioned in Mumbai," a senior Home Ministry official said.
He said the Centre was in 'close and continuous touch' with the state government.
The Home Ministry has advised Maharashtra to make all necessary arrangements to ensure that peace is maintained all over the state and activities of mischief-mongers were effectively checked, he added.
Violence spread to Nashik, where MNS activists attacked fruit vendors hailing from north India today. Reports said that Pune, Aurangabad, Nanded, Latur and Amravati too witnessed some trouble.
Incidents of violence targeting North Indians in Mumbai started on February 3, after MNS leader Raj Thackeray launched a verbal tirade against the community.