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PHOTOS: Shiv Sena-MNS workers clash in Mumbai

Last updated on: April 03, 2014 17:34 IST

PHOTOS: Shiv Sena-MNS workers clash in Mumbai

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A large number of Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers clashed on Thursday outside the Old Custom House in South Mumbai when respective party candidates Arvind Sawant and Aditya Shirodkar reached there to file their nominations.

Arvind Sawant of the Shiv Sena filed his papers from Mumbai South and Shirodkar contesting on the MNS ticket filed his nomination from Mumbai South Central.

According to the police, at least 300 workers of both parties came to blows, hit each other with flag sticks, shouted slogans and pelted stones and empty bottles.

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Image: Police rush to control Shiv Sena-MNS workers
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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In the melee, a cameraman of a Marathi news channel suffered head injuries after being hit by a broken bottle and had to be hospitalised.

At least 12 Sena and MNS workers were detained after the clash, the police said.

Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai and Sawant blamed the MNS for the incident. They condemned violence and demanded a probe into it. Sawant alleged that the clash was "planned" and sought to know how bottles were carried by MNS workers into the area.

 

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Image: The police had a tough time containing the clash
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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Also, Desai, along with former Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Legislative Assembly Raj Purohit and Sena leader Pandurang Satpal, met Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria and apprised him about the incident and alleged that the incident was pre-meditated by the opponents.

However, MNS MLA Nitin Sardesai said the incident was "unfortunate" and could have been avoided.

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Image: The scene after the clash was contained
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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Apart from Sawant, Meera Sanyal of the Aam Aadmi Party and Prakash Reddy of the Communist Party of India-Marxist contesting from Mumbai South also filed their nomination. In suburban Mumbai, BJP candidates Kirit Somaiya contesting from Mumbai North East and Poonam Mahajan in fray from Mumbai North Central, also filed their papers.


Image: Shiv Sena supporters raise slogans outside the Old Custom House in Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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