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Raj's arrest sparks protests in Pune, Nashik

October 21, 2008 11:47 IST

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Sporadic incidents of stone pelting at municipal and private buses were reported from Pune on Tuesday morning following the arrest of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray [Images] in Ratnagiri.    

In Kothrud area, some alleged MNS activists damaged a company's bus that was taking its employees to workplace.
Elsewhere, a few Pune Municipal Transport buses were stoned by miscreants, police said.
Meanwhile, police have picked up around 100 MNS activists, including some corporators on Monday night as a preventive measure.
In Nashik, MNS activists set ablaze a truck near Public Works Department minister Chhagan Bhujbal's farm on Tuesday morning and also damaged another truck at Vilholi-Phata area, police said.
Incidents of stone pelting on Maharashtra State Road Transport Coporation buses and other vehicles were reported in some areas, the police said, adding vehicular traffic on the busy Mumbai-Agra-national highway was disrupted following the protest.
Also, police have rounded up 70 MNS activists in Nashik so far in connection with these incidents and security has been tightened in the city.
In Solapur, incidents of stone pelting on state transport buses around 0630 hours has also been reported, the police added.

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