Crackdown on MNS ahead of Thackeray’s ED appearance

Raj Thackeray

Mumbai, Aug 22 : Security has been tightened outside Enforcement Directorate’s office and Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) imposed in areas under Marine Drive, MRA Marg, Dadar, and Azad Maidan police stations hours before Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray appears before the Enforcement Directorate on Thiursday.

Mumbai Police launched a crackdown on key party functionaries to prevent them from creating any ruckus. Thackeray is expected to reach the ED office around 11 a.m. to respond to the summons served on August 18.

MNS spokesperson Sandip Deshpande and some others were picked up from Dadar and later whisked off to the nearby Shivaji Park Police Station.

Strongly protesting his detention, Deshpande termed it as “high-handed action” by the police.

The MNS activists were already served notices warning them against creating any law and order issues before Thackeray’s appearance in the Enforcement Directorate office in South Mumbai.

Thackeray has issued at least two direct appeals to all his followers to remain calm despite any provocation, keep away from the ED office, and desist from any form of agitation or violence.

His former business partners Unmesh Joshi — son of former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi — and Rajan Shirodkar, have already been grilled by the ED in a case pertaining to the IL&FS imbroglio.

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