Both the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) will have to pay up for the damage caused by their activists who went on a rampage last week.
Home Minister Jayant Patil on Wednesday directed the police commissioner and additional chief secretary (home) Chitkala Zutshi to take appropriate action.
While Shiv Sainiks damaged the Intercontinental hotel after it sacked some staffers, the MNS attacked the Mumbai university registrar’s office over Marathi language being sidelined. The MNS’ Nashik unit also attacked a school function by North Indians.
The state will apply the new ordinance — the Bombay Police (Amendment) ordinance of 2008, cleared on October 23 —in these cases.
The ordinance, issued after a series of violent MNS protests, holds organisations and political parties liable to pay damages caused by their activists and grants powers to the collector to fix damages on the guilty party once a criminal case is filed and a claim made by the victims.
Patil told HT, “We studied the law and the police are of the opinion the ordinance is applicable in these three cases. We can’t let anyone just go around damaging property. There has to be a deterrent.”
MNS spokesperson Shirish Parkar refused to comment on the issue. Sena MP Sanjay Raut, party spokesperson and one of the accused, said: “Let them first reinstate those sacked employees and allow them to set up union in the hotel and then the government can take any action against us.”