After Amitabh Bachchan, it is now well-known film-maker Mahesh Bhatt who is in the line of fire of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray.
The reason: Thackeray holds him responsible for the arrest of 11 MNS workers who had barged on to the set of a film, produced by Ritesh Sadhwani, at Mehboob Studios, Bandra.
The party activists were arrested for allegedly trying to extort Rs 27 lakh from the film unit for using foreigners in the movie instead of locals.
Accusing Bhatt of falsely implicating his workers in the case, Raj said, “Mahesh Bhatt is on my radar. Let him fall into my hands, then I will see.”
“Bhatt called the chief minister and pressurised him to implicate the workers in a false case,” he added.
Raj was speaking after releasing MNS general secretary Shirish Parkar’s fortnightly Me Maharashtracha, Maharashtra Majha at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
The MNS has maintained that its men had only visited the set to ensure that locals got jobs which were being offered to foreigners.
“My workers had gone to check if the foreigners working there had proper permit. The government may or may not take action against them, but we will not stop our action,” Thackeray added.
Reacting to his statements, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said “the person” (Thackeray) should refrain from threatening people.
“The police are investigating the case which will take its proper legal course. I assure the foreigners who have come here legally, that they are safe and can work.”
Thackeray said he was happy that the Railway Recruitment examination would be conducted in Marathi and demanded that the Railways allot stalls at stations to locals only.
“We also want the advertisements for recruitment in the railways to appear in Marathi newspapers. A delegation from my party will call on [Railway Minister] Mamata Banerjee soon to press for this demand,” he said.