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Bombay title row: 17 Shiv Sena activists arrested
May 12, 2008 19:18 IST
At least 17 Shiv Sena workers were arrested on Monday for allegedly targeting establishments having the city's erstwhile name 'Bombay' in them, which included a leading newspaper, a showroom of a reputed textile brand and an elite school.
Five activists were arrested today on charges of allegedly rioting and bringing down the word Bombay in a signboard outside a Bombay Dyeing [Get Quote] showrooom on Sunday evening, the police said.
All the five accused, which include Shiv Sena's Mazgaon Shakhapramukh, were produced before a local court, which has granted them a bail of Rs 4,000 each.
Similarly, seven people were arrested and granted bail today by the Azad Maidan police station for allegedly assembling outside the office of Times of India in south Mumbai last evening and burning copies of its Bombay Times supplement.
Five others were arrested and released on a bail of Rs 950 each by the Kurar police station for burning Bombay Times copies outside the Times of India printing press in suburban Kandivali last evening.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone V) Dnyaneshwar Phadtare said a team from the Mahim police station is still on the lookout for Sena activists who had blackened the board of Bombay Scottish School on Sunday afternoon.
The attacks came following an article written by Sena Member of Parliament and executive editor of party mouthpiece Saamna Sanjay Raut, which was published on Sunday. In his weekly column, Raut said that the usage of 'Bombay' even a decade after the city was renamed, is a rebellion against the Marathi pride.