North Indians in the city came in the line of fire once again when four members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) thrashed six taxi drivers and damaged their vehicles early on Saturday.
Of the six taxis, three were in Worli, two at Lower Parel and one at Kalachowki. The four MNS men were arrested.
MNS spokesperson Shirish Parkar justified the attack by claiming that his men were provoked. “The taxi drivers abused our workers and hence got thrashed.” He added that it was a local attack and not an organised one against North Indians.
According to 22-year-old Amit Yadav, one of the taxi drivers attacked at Lower Parel, some young men on motorcycles asked them if they were North Indians. “Before we could react, they picked up a stone and hurled it at my taxi.”
The police arrested four men early on Saturday. They have been identified as Ashish Parab (27), Praveen Pawaskar (28), Nilesh Shelar (24) and Sameer More (25). Deputy Commissioner of Police Sunil Ramanand said that the four were drunk at the time of the crime.