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Mumbai limps back to normalcy

A day after the arrest and release of MNS chief Raj Thackeray, the city is peaceful as per the top cop. Who is the real Mumbaikar?Have your say | SurferSpeakMNS won't give up | VideoBihar rejoices | Video

india Updated: Feb 14, 2008 16:53 IST

A day after the arrest and release of MNS chief Raj Thackeray on charges of promoting enmity among groups and inciting violence, the city is limping back to normalcy.

"There has been no untoward incident in Mumbai since yesterday and more than 140 people have been taken into custody here," police sources said.

Among those held include those arrested for violence, unlawful assembly and also those taken into preventive arrest, the police said.

Police Commissioner has also appealed to the people through SMS asking them, "not to believe in rumours and sensational news by certain agency."

"By and large city is peaceful and heavy police 'bandobust' is in place," he said. Maharashtra Government on Wednesday arrested MNS chief Raj Thackeray, whose comments against north Indians had sparked off violence in the financial capital as well as Nasik and Pune since the last ten days.

Shortly after 4 pm on Wednesday, the 39-year old chief of the MNS was taken to suburban Vikhroli court from his central Mumbai residence and was granted bail.

Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi, who was involved in a war of words with Raj over the latter's statements against actor Amitabh Bachchan, was also arrested and taken to Bhoiwada court and granted bail.