The Shiv Sena is guarding its latest catch, Sweta Parulkar, who recently defected from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).
On Saturday, 15 Sainiks were stationed in the compound of her building Miramir Society at Cadell Road in Dadar, fearing an attack from MNS cadre.
Even the police stationed a jeep outside the premises and deployed two constables.
Parulkar said: “There are just 10 to 15 Sainiks in my compound but I do not foresee any such threat. The police have come on their own. I have not asked for any protection.”
Senior Inspector Ashok Unde said it was a precautionary measure. “We do not want to take any chances,” he said. On Friday, Parulkar criticised the MNS, calling it an undisciplined outfit and accused it of mishandling the son-of-the-soil issue.
The MNS ruled out the possibility of any attack on Parulkar.
“It is not our culture to attack a woman,” said Shirish Parkar, MNS spokesperson. “For us, the episode is closed.”Around 1,000 women affiliated to the party marched to Raj Thackeray’s house, barely 200 m from Parulkar’s building, to express their solidarity.
“Why did Parulkar contest the Lok Sabha polls if she was not happy with our party and our stance?” asked Rita Gupta, senior party activist. “The party had given her everything but she backstabbed us.”
Thackeray and his wife Sharmila thanked the women for supporting him.