Attack on Raj convoy: MNS cadre on rampage

Published: 28th February 2013 09:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2013 09:43 AM   |  A+A-

Enraged over the attack on Raj Thackeray’s convoy allegedly by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) workers, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers targeted NCP offices, including its headquarters at Nariman Point, here, on Wednesday.

The MNS cadre also attacked houses of NCP local leaders in Hingoli district and smashed the private vehicles of the party functionaries.

In Yavatmal, Beed, Aurangabad and Nanded, public and private vehicles were attacked. Even ambulances were not spared. In Akola, a bid was allegedly made to burn down the NCP office. The workers also vandalised public transport buses.

The MNS chief’s convoy was attacked in Ahmednagar district on Tuesday night, during his state tour. The party said the NCP workers  pelted stones at the car as they were angry at Raj.

During his speeches at Solapur and Aurangabad, Raj had blamed NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his nephew Ajit Pawar for poor handling of drought situation in the state.

According to an MNS leader, Raj left Ahmednagar after giving a speech, but was attacked near Bhigangaon in the district.

A few other party leaders claimed that the NCP workers were at the spot beforehand, carrying black flags.

But when stone-pelting began, the MNS workers retaliated resulting in full-fledged rioting. The clashes stopped only after the police intervened and arrested the workers of both parties.

According to Ahmednagar Police, 80 NCP and 180 MNS workers were arrested and law and order restored soon.

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