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Lage Raho... inspires jail clean-up

The activists take up the drive after finding the barracks and toilets too filthy, reports Sanjeev Shivadekar.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 20:05 IST

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists arrested in connection with street-fighting with Shiv Sena workers last week chose to do some Gandhigiri when they were lodged in the Santacruz jail on Monday.

The activists took up a cleanliness drive inside the jail when they found that the barracks and toilets were too filthy.

All 14 arrested activists including MNS students' wing president Aditya Shirodkar, party general secretary Shirish Parkar and MLA Bala Nandgaonkar took part in the drive.

Apparently, the activists were inspired by Bollywood blockbuster Lage Raho Munnabhai, the movie which party president Raj Thackeray had asked party members to watch.

The activists, who were lodged for a day after they were arrested on Sunday, cleaned the barracks and toilets of the jail's second floor.

Shirodkar, an arts graduate who went behind the bars for the first time, said: "The premises where we were kept was not clean. To make best use of the time, we decided to clean toilets and barracks."

Party activist Sandeep Deshpande said: "I suggested Nandgaonkar that we clean the jail premises. He liked the idea and we started cleaning. Soon others joined us."

Ironically, the street-fight between Sena and MNS started last week after Deshpande was beaten allegedly by Sena workers who had accused him of tearing a poster displaying Sena Chief Thackeray's photo.

On October 10, workers from both the parties were engaged in a street-fight over tearing of posters. The police arrested 27 workers from both the sides for the rioting.

Sandeep Dalvi who heads the party's Andheri unit, pointed that the activity undertaken was a great success. "Impressed with our work, six inmates from the same jail, offered to join the MNS after they were freed," he said.

The jail is in the premises of Santacruz police station.

When contacted, the concerned officials said on the condition of anonymity as they are not authorised to speak to media said that they were not aware of any such activity inside the jail.