Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) resorted to violence on Wednesday in Mumbai, when they attacked fruit vendors. According to Hindustan Times, the workers were allegedly "opposing farmers from rural Maharashtra for selling their products".
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India Today called this incident "hate politics" and described the vendors as "migrant workers".
The Hindustan Times report also claims that they were north Indians and the vendors were not being allowed to sell their produce in the open market at Amrut Nagar in Ghatkopar. However Bhimdev Rathod, assistant commissioner of police, in the Ghatkopar division was quoted in the report rubbishing a connection between migrants and MNS' hardline stance on 'outsiders' — "The issue does not pertain to migrants. The fruit seller and few other women appealed to the farmer to park his vehicle a bit ahead after which there was an altercation between them," he says in the report.
The five MNS workers have been taken into police custody for "causing intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace, rioting, voluntarily causing hurt, unlawful assembly, mischief causing damage," reports The Times of India and they were later released on bail. The report claimed that MNC party leader in the BMC, Sandeep Deshpande expressed no regrets and said, "We then had to make them understand in a way they could understand."
First Published On : Sep 9, 2016 12:25 IST