Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Sunday reviewed the situation in Maharashtra in the wake of violent protests by Shiv Sainiks sparked by defiling of the bust of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's late wife and offered assistance including despatch of additional forces.
The situation was reviewed at a meeting called by Patil and attended by Home Secretary VK Duggal and other senior officials.
After the meeting, Special Secretary (Internal Security) spoke to the Maharashtra Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, official sources said.
"We reviewed the situation at the meeting and have offered all kinds of assistance of the state government including despatching extra forces, if necessary," Duggal said, adding the state government has been asked to handle the situation "carefully and sensitively" and not let it go out of control.
The Home Ministry was constantly in touch with the state government and in the afternoon, the situation was reported to be in control, the sources said.