A murder case was lodged against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray and 15 others in a court in Jharkhand on Saturday following the death of a train passenger last month.
Raju Mallik, a resident of Chaktita village, about 240 km from here, filed a complaint in the Chief Judicial Magistrate's (CJM) court of Dhanbad district under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including that related to murder.
Mallik has said that he and two of his friends, Sakaldeo and Vijay Singh, were going from Dhanbad to Mumbai in search of jobs and when they were travelling in a train to Mumbai Oct 19, MNS supporters entered the compartment and beat up passengers from north India.
While he managed to escape, his two friends were trapped by Thackeray's supporters, he said.
Mallik said Sakaldeo was killed and Singh has remained untraceable.
According to the Dhanbad police, their Mumbai counterparts termed Sakaldeo's death as an accident.
Thackeray, facing controversy over his party's campaign against people from outside Maharashtra working in that state, already has two arrest warrants pending against him in Jharkhand.