Bal Thackeray justifies attack on TV channel
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Bal Thackeray justifies attack on TV channel

Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray congratulated the workers for remaining vigilant.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 18:44 IST

Justifying last night's attack by Shiv Sena workers on the office of Zee television in Mumbai, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray congratulated them for remaining "vigilant".

In a front-page article in party mouthpiece 'Saamna', the Sena chief said the outburst was in response to the "obnoxious" skit presented on the Shiv Sena by the vernacular channel Zee Marathi, ridiculing Sena executive President Uddhav Thackeray and his cousin Raj.

"A thousand thanks to you...Keep the flame alive...We need to protect Mumbai from such (distasteful) people," Thackeray said congratulating the Sena workers.

Sena workers, allegedly led by Sena's student wing, Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena (BVS) leader, Abhijit Panase, had attacked Zee office last night, ransacking and damaging its office and the OB Van stationed outside.

The attack was in response to a skit titled 'Kaka mala Vachva' (Uncle, protect me), staged during the awards function hosted by the channel at Bandra-Kurla complex recently.

The satirical piece was reportedly a comment on the power tussle within the Thackeray family, which utlimately resulted in the exit of Vidyarthi Sena leader and Sena chief's nephew, Raj from the party some time ago.

Meanwhile, Mumbai police have detained four persons in connection with the attack, although no formal arrest has been made so far. "We will book Abhijit Panase since the Sena mouthpiece has named him as the one who had led the attack," a senior Mumbai police official said.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 17:25 IST