“Raj Thackeray did not follow orders issued by the police,” states the First Information Report (FIR) registered by the Mumbai police at the Vikhroli police station on February 10. The report, which led to Raj’s arrest, was filed on Sunday after investigators established that Raj had been making inflammatory statements since January 27. The FIR, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, said he ignored police orders “not to make statements that could disturb peace”.
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Shiv Sena has been opposing north Indians from getting government jobs and on other issues. Raj Thackarey, previously a Sena leader had led an agitation at Kalyan station against recruitment of north Indians and also against non-Maharashtrians in other instances.
Exactly a week before the Samajwadi Party’s (SP) Bharat Bachao rally, on January 27, Raj Thackarey made provocative statements during a party function in Mulund.
On February 1, he spoke at a function in Dharavi with the intent to flare up regional tempers and said in his speech that every time the railway minister is a Bihari, only Biharis get jobs in the railways. “Be it anybody of any religion, here he has to follow the culture of Maharashtra… only Maharashtra Day should be observed in the state,” he said.
A day later, at the Konkan Jatrotsav 2008 in Vikhroli, he again tried to flare up a rift between the Marathi manoos and north Indians, referring to a speech by SP’s Abu Azmi. Raj said, “We will distribute swords if they will distribute sticks… Amar Singh cannot enter the state without permission of the Marathi manoos.” Raj called upon his workers to take the campaign forward. As a result, MNS workers took to violent agitation.
On February 3, MNS workers assaulted and injured north Indians who were going to attend SP’s Bharat Bachao rally at Shivaji Park.
The verbal onslaught started by Raj on January 27 and by Abu Azmi on February 3 are provocative, issued in full knowledge. Raj has done this to gain advantage in the future. He has created an atmosphere based on region and place of birth.