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Raj Thackeray dares govt to arrest him, cops wait
Published on 21 Oct. 2008 12:08 AM IST
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While police are yet to take action against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray for the attacks by his party supporters on north Indian candidates appearing for a railway recruitment exam in Maharashtra on Sunday, the leader has dared the authorities. Thackeray, while speaking in Ratnagiri, dared the Maharashtra government to arrest him. He made the challenge even as a court in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, on Monday, issued a non-bailable warrant against him for abusing Biharis. A team of the Jamshedpur police delivered the warrant to Mumbai police, which has a week to act on the court’s order. Milind Bharambe, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone V), told PTI the Mumbai police would act on the warrant “during the course of this week” as Thackeray is out of Mumbai. The court of first class judicial magistrate A K Tiwary issued the warrant on September 30 directing Thackeray to appear before the court on November 17. "Raj Thackeray is on a tour of the Konkan region and Western Maharashtra till November 25. It would be the decision of the home department whether to arrest him," said MNS General Secretary Atul Sarpotdar. MNS activists on Sunday attacked candidates who had come from different states for the Group D category examinations in Mumbai, Thane city, Dombivli, Nalla Sopara (both in Thane district), and Sholapur district. Political parties on Monday accused the Maharashtra Government of "failing" to curb violence against north Indians. "It is the failure of the state government that it has not been able to curb attacks on north Indians there. I strongly condemn the violence and 'awaragardi' (hooliganism) by MNS cadres against north Indians and students in the state," said Rashtriya Janta Dal leader Lalu Prasad, who plans to raise the issue in Parliament. Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh said Maharashtra’s Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister had proved to be "useless" in preventing attacks on north Indians. Singh said the attack on the exam candidates "was the most deplorable act by MNS activists".

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