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Suspected MNS workers ransack theatre screening Bhojpuri film

PTI  Mumbai, September 01, 2012
First Published: 20:06 IST(1/9/2012) | Last Updated: 20:16 IST(1/9/2012)

Six suspected workers of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) allegedly ransacked a theatre located at Grant Road of south Mumbai, protesting screening of a Bhojpuri film, police said.


According to police, a group of around six persons barged into Super Cinema, a single-screen theatre, last night and threatened the security guard, Mohammed Alam (19) and the management of dire consequences if they did not stop screening the Bhojpuri film titled 'Ek Bihari Sau Pe Bhaari'.

The accused claimed that the film "hurts the sentiments of locals and is provocative," police said, quoting the complainant Alam.

An FIR was registered at D B Marg police station and a manhunt had been launched to nab the accused, police said.

The incident happened on the day when MNS chief Raj Thackeray threatened to brand Biharis as "infiltrators" and force them out of Maharashtra if authorities in Bihar take legal action against Mumbai policemen, who had picked up a teenager from there without informing their counterparts in that state.

Abdul Qadir Mohammed Younus Ansari (19) had been picked up by Mumbai Crime Branch on Monday from Sitamarhi in Bihar for allegedly vandalising the Amar Jawan Memorial near Azad Maidan during August 11 rioting at a protest called against alleged atrocities on Muslims in Assam and Myanmar.

Two protesters were killed and over 50 others injured, mostly policemen and those from the media.

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