Ae Dil Hai Mushkil row: Raj Thackeray's police records, public speeches being checked
After Home Minister Rajnath Singh's assurance for a safe release of Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has also now promised the director stern action against all those who attempt to stall the film's release.
According to The Indian Express, Fadnavis said to Johar that “democratic protests are fine but unlawful activity would not be tolerated anywhere in the state”.
In keeping with the promise, security agencies are getting into action to do all they can to prevent Maharashtra Navnirman Sena from indulging in violence.
They have pulled out police records of party chief Raj Thackeray, including bail papers signed by him earlier this year at the Osmanabad and Paranda courts, which were conducting hearings related to MNS’s 2008 campaign against north Indian migrants.
Maharashtra police's intelligence wing has also compiled Thackeray's words in his public comments and the speeches by MNS film wing's head Amey Khopkar. A police officer observed that the party has strategically used Khopkar for all the speeches on disruption while Thackeray has only given one political statement during the controversy.
The police are studying all MNS statements from 29 September, when the surgical strikes were announced. However they feel these threats are only a 'political stunt'.
A senior officer told The Indian Express, “There are a few observations that we find strategic. While most politicians in the state reacted immediately, there was a time vacuum between the Shiv Sena and MNS in their reaction to the announcement of the surgical strikes. The Sena’s reaction was brief and congratulated the government on the Army’s strikes. When Thackeray reacted, he chose the subject of Pakistani actors in India. Everything that followed has been in keeping this strategy of threats alive.”