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Raj's arrest: Tension spreads to Pune, Aurangabad
February 12, 2008 19:14 IST
Suspected Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists on Tuesday pelted stones at buses in some parts of Pune, amid speculations of the arrest of their leader Raj Thackeray, for his campaign against North Indians.
Approximately eight city transport buses were targeted, police said.Most of the shopkeepers on the busy Laxmi Road in the heart of the city downed shutters fearing trouble. No arrests have been made so far by the police.
Deputy Commissioner of Police M B Tambade told reporters that no untoward incidents were reported the city. The activists have been detained since Monday as a preventive measure, he said.
The action follows the filing of FIR against MNS chief Raj Thackery and Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi by the Mumbai police on Monday.
Police personnel have been deployed in sensitive areas and some fixed points established to avoid any untoward incident, Tambade said.
"So far, the city is peaceful," he said and appealed to the people not to believe in rumours.