Making a mockery of law and order, Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers allegedly beat up non-Maharashtrians in Sangli’s Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) Kupwad area threatening and demanding preference to local youth for jobs in the industries setup in that area. The workers of MNS taking law in to their own hands beat up people who belonged to other states in order to provide jobs from the locals in the area. Three people have been arrested following the incident which took place in Sangli. 

In the video which was surfaced, it can be seen that several Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers are allegedly beating up non-Maharashtrians, causing damage to their belongings and creating ruckus in the entire area threatening to give preference to to local youth for jobs in the industries setup in that area.   

According to reports, no action has been initiated by the police in the incident. Also, there is no statement which has been issued by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, justifying their incident. However, this is not the first time when MNS had acted against people from other states asking them to give up their jobs in order to provide them to the locals. 

Earlier in September 2016, 5 MNS workers were booked for assaulting fruit vendors. MNS workers were arrested for vandalising their carts at Amrut Nagar in Ghatkopar area of Mumbai. However, MNS worker Ganesh Bhagat while defending party’s act termed it an agitation where “illegal vendors” were attacked for not allowing local farmers to sell their produce in the open market.

Prior to that in May 2016, Raj Thackeray’s MNS while once again promoting their pro Maharashtrian ideology and creating a feeling of insecurity among auto drivers in the Maharashtra state, had urged his party workers to burn newly-registered auto rickshaws driven by non-Maharashtrians. Raj Thackeray had conveyed it to their party workers that If they come across a new rickshaw with a new, shining number plate, then request the passenger to step out of the rickshaw and set it ablaze. Such comments by Raj Thackeray asking his party workers to set ablaze auto rickshaws driven by non-maharashtrians were condemned by other political parties and received a lot of criticism for this. 

First Published | 11 October 2017 10:44 AM
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