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Dayal promises action against theatre vandals

mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2010 00:13 IST
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The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leadership could be up for some police action soon.

Mumbai police commissioner Sanjeev Dayal indicated as much on Monday, saying the police was “proceeding to take action” against those who had provoked vandalism at multiplexes last week over not screening Marathi films.

“All those involved in the vandalism have been booked. We have taken note of those who provoked attack and will take action against them,” Dayal said while responding to an audience question during an open meeting jointly organised by the Public Concern for Governance Trust and the Anti Corruption Cell of the Indian Merchant’s Chamber (IMC).

He, however, stopped short of mentioning the names of those against whom action was likely to be taken, and said, “I have said whatever I had to say.”

Following MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s warning to multiplex owners for not screening Marathi movies at prime time, party workers had ransacked multiplexes at Dadar, Matunga and Kandivli.

The police was criticised for its inaction against the vandals and their leaders.

Dayal also rubbished allegations that the police was passive in initiating action against vandals attacking theatres.

“There were similar protests when the film My Name Is Khan was released. The police took appropriate action against those involved,” he said.

Responding to another question that compared the Mumbai police to the New York police in the latter’s intelligence gathering and subsequent

action-taking abilities, Dayal said the comparison was uncalled for as the United States police were better off in terms of budgetary allocation and equipment.

He, however, added that the recent procurement of modern equipment, vehicles and fire-power had put the city police on a better footing than before the 26/11 terror attack.

“We have our own challenges. So, it is not proper to draw any comparison. The state government is now considering giving us some helicopters that will increase our response time and mobility,” the commissioner stated.