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MNS chief Raj Thackeray in more trouble

Syed Firdaus Ashraf in Mumbai | October 22, 2008 10:14 IST
Last Updated: October 22, 2008 12:14 IST

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The Maharashtra government is tightening its noose on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray [Images] as it filed four more cases at different places in the state against him.

Raj spends his night in police lock-up

The cases were filed at Satara, Sholapur, Jalgaon and Pandharpur against Raj's provocative speeches.

This is bound to create more troubles for the MNS chief who is to appear in court in Kalyan on Wednesday morning to seek bail.

The government is also seeking action against Raj in another incident in Kanjurmarg area of the metropolis and is planning to move court to cancel his bail in the Vikhroli case.

Images: Raj's arrest brings Mumbai on its toes

Raj was earlier arrested on February 13, 2008 and taken to a Vikhroli court, but was released on bail immediately. The court had granted him bail on the condition that he should not make provocative speeches. However, he did not keep his promise.

The Congress-led government has also called for an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning to assess the law and order situation in the state.

Meanwhile, the Rapid Action Force has been deployed in Kalyan-Dombivli area. The MNS chief spent his night in police lock-up even as his supporters went on rampage at many places in Maharashtra.

In Mumbai, 15 taxis were damaged on Tuesday night and sporadic incidents of violence were reported from parts of Kalyan and Dombivli.

The traffic, however, in Mumbai returned to normal on Wednesday.

Local trains -- the lifeline of Mumbai in which 6.5 million people commute everyday -- are running on schedule. Even government buses were plying as per schedule even though 115 buses were damaged on Tuesday by MNS supporters.

Tension was evident in MNS' stronghold areas as shopkeepers preferred to keep their shutters down rather than take risk of mob fury.

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