Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam demands action against MNS workers for damaging Gujarati signboards

Mumbai: Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday demanded stringent action against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers for damaging Gujarati signboards of some commercial establishments in the city and neighbouring Vasai.

File image of Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam. AFP

File image of Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam. AFP

"Mumbai is the only city which has accepted people of different social, economic and cultural backgrounds and it is known for its diversity. We want a Modi-Mukt India but not at the cost of hurting Gujaratis. Stringent action needs to be taken against those who carried out these acts of violence," Nirupam said in a statement.

While the MNS activists broke a shop in suburban Kandivali and six hotels in Vasai, the fact that only four arrests were made in Kandivali raises serious questions on the functioning of the Mumbai Police, it said.

"If the culprits are not punished now, such mindset will be encouraged to commit more violence which can do no good to the city," he said.

Nirupam said repetitive indulgence in violence by MNS cadres proves that they don't fear the law.

Suspected MNS workers had damaged the Gujarati signboards on the intervening night of 18 and 19 March, hours after party president Raj Thackeray called for a "Modi-mukt Bharat" and appealed to all like-minded parties to unite to defeat the BJP in 2019 polls.

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Updated Date: Mar 20, 2018 17:56:16 IST

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