Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) supporters thrashed to death a 42-year-old Bihari security guard 20 km from Nashik on Wednesday night. The mob attacked a locality housing Bihari migrants working at the Jindal factory on the Mumbai-Nashik highway, 160 km from Mumbai.
Vinod Singh, who worked as a guard at the factory, and seven others were attacked. Singh was grievously injured and was shifted to a private hospital in Nashik. He died on Thursday morning. The Nasik rural police arrested 13 people in the case. Five of them are members of the MNS’s local unit at Mankhamb, a small village near Nashik.
Three houses belonging to north Indians were also torched at Indira Nagar in Nashik.
On Wednesday, a mechanic working with the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, 55-year-old Ambadas Dharrao, was killed in as stones were pelted at his company bus by MNS workers protesting against Raj Thackeray’s arrest. The police have detained a local MNS worker, Sandeeo Bhavar, for Dharrao’s killing. Many local politicians from the Shiv Sena attended Dharrao’s funeral.
Deshmukh promises action
The state government is in no mood to loosen the noose around Raj Thackeray’s neck and his supporters. Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Thursday announced that the police would file chargesheets against them in eight days. And, if Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil is to be believed, then the government may even consider setting up fast track courts for trying the cases of rioting against Raj Thackeray and state Samajwadi Party (SP) president Abu Azmi and their respective supporters. The announcements came after a delegation of the Mumbai Congress met Deshmukh and secured his assurance on considering the demand.