The police are yet to arrest Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader, the man who allegedly led party workers in agitation against street food vendors across the city on Thursday.
According to officers at the MRA Marg police station, the First Information Report (FIR) lodged against MNS workers had named Arvind Gawade, president of the Colaba division, as one of the accused.
Gawade was held responsible for engineering and executing attacks on street food vendors.
“We have lodged a complaint against him (Gawade). However, we are yet to arrest him,” said Siddheshwar Gove, police inspector from MRA Marg police station.
The police said that Gawade, who was one of the leaders who led groups of party activists to pani puri stalls located in south Mumbai has been absconding.
MNS leaders said the party had approved agitation against roadside food stalls in the city following reports that stall owners were using unhygienic methods in making food preparations.
This was after a Thane-based pani puri vendor was caught on camera urinating in the vessel used to serve food to customers.
“I don’t believe that Gawade is on the run. It was a move by the party and we are not afraid of arrest,” said Appa Patil, district president of the MNS.
MNS workers attacked roadside food stalls at various places in the city on Thursday. They allegedly started vandalising stalls at Dadar in the morning, and by evening had ransacked stalls at Colaba, Bohra Bazaar and other parts of the city.
The MRA Marg police had arrested four workers on Thursday night while complaints against several others were lodged at Dadar and Colaba police station.