Mumbai, July 29: Mumbai police on Friday detained seven Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers for allegedly vandalising a jewellery store’s nameplate, written in Gujarati, in Dadar. On Friday, some MNS workers had protested against the Gujarati signboards, a few shops had put on display in Dadar and Mahim. “We will not allow anyone to sideline Marathi language. This Gujarati signboards is a new trend and we will not allow it,” MNS leader Santosh Dhuriwas was quoted as saying. Also Read - Thousands of People Dance at Engagement of Ex-BJP Minister’s Granddaughter in Gujarat, Video Goes Viral
“In the first case, MNS workers gathered outside P N Gadgil Jewellers in Dadar around 12.30 pm, where the jewellery shop management had put up the signboard in Gujarati,” Sunil Deshmukh, Assistant Commissioner of Police told PTI. After the protest, the management of the shop removed the signboard. Also Read - Gujarat Govt Slashes RT-PCR Test Price to Rs 800 Amid Covid Surge
The MNS workers then went to Mahim and targeted Hotel Shoba for the same thing. “There, they requested the hotel owner to remove the Gujarati signboard. The hotel manager then asked his staff to take the board down,” said Deshmukh. Also Read - Why is Mumbai's Juhu Beach Glowing Blue at Night? People Are Amazed to Witness This Stunning Phenomenon
Video: MNS workers vandalise Gujarati nameplate in Mumbai
Although there was no complaint against the MNS workers from the owners of these establishments, the police detained the seven of them as they had breached the orders issued by Mumbai Police Commissioner, which prohibited gathering without permission.
“Two separate offences of illegal gathering under section 135 of Maharashtra Police Act have been lodged against the MNS workers at Dadar and Mahim police stations accordingly. Police have arrested at least seven MNS activists in connection of illegal gathering at Mahim,” the officer said, reported PTI.
In a similar incident, at least 10 MNS workers were arrested for allegedly creating a commotion in a Zara showroom at Lower Parel area in Mumbai, opposing the sale of ‘Pakistani brands’ of clothes. In May, eleven MNS party workers were arrested in Malad, protesting against the sale of made-in-Pakistan garments in an H&M store.
“Thackeray is doing what he is best-known for. Thackeray feels he can recreate the past, but he should understand that times have changed and people are interested in constructive policies,” Surendra Jondhale, a political commentator, was quoted as saying by HT.
In 2008, the party had started a campaign to ensure that signboards in Mumbai are in Marathi but was stopped the Bombay high court intervened.