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342 Shiv Sainiks arrested during Rahul's Mumbai visit

mumbai Updated: Feb 05, 2010 22:16 IST

As many as 342 Shiv Sena activists, including MLAs and women, were on Friday arrested for violating prohibitory orders during Rahul Gandhi's visit to the city.

MLAs Vinod Gosalkar, Dagdu Sakpal, Ravindra Waikar, MLC Anil Parab and Corporator Rajul Patel were among the Sainiks who protested at various places against Rahul and taken into custody, Police Commissioner D Sivanandhan said.

Barring protests by the Sena, no untoward incident was reported during the Congress MP's visit, he said. The arrested Sena members were later released on bail.

Over 10,000 police personnel, including Quick Response Teams, Bomb Disposal and Detection Squads and State Reserve Police Force men were deployed to ensure foolproof security for Gandhi, who was in the financial capital for the first time after becoming the Congress general secretary.

Sivanandhan had issued an order under Section 37(3) of the Bombay Police Act prohibiting assembly or procession for preservation of the public order.

The order was issued based on information that Sena activists would try to disrupt the 39-year-old MP's programmes for his "Mumbai for all" remarks made in Bihar a few days ago.

Home Minister RR Patil praised the police for handling the law and order effectively.