Mumbai: On Saturday, Mumbai Police implemented section 144 of the CrPC in the city in response to reports that Shiv Sainiks had allegedly ransacked the offices of rebel MPs. Mumbai Police issued a high alert and directed all police stations to ensure security at all political offices in the city. It has been directed that officer-level Police personnel shall visit every political office to ensure their safety.
Shiv Sena workers protested against rebel MLAs of the party and burnt effigies outside the party office in Kharghar. On Saturday, Shiv Sena members ransacked the Pune office of renegade party MLA Tanaji Sawant. One of the Shiv Sena dissident MLAs, Sawant is currently camped out in Guwahati, Assam, with the Eknath Shinde group.
“Our party workers vandalised Tanaji Sawant’s office. All traitors and rebel MLAs who have troubled our chief Uddhav Thackeray will face this type of action. Their office will also be attacked. No one will be spared,” said Sanjay More, Shiv Sena Pune city head. The Thane District Administration has already implemented Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the district and has issued an order prohibiting any political processions till June 30.
Following this, Pune Police issued an alert and directed all police stations to ensure security at offices related to Shiv Sena leaders in the city. Eknath Shinde, a state cabinet minister and dissident Shiv Sena politician, wrote to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on June 25 regarding the alleged “malicious” removal of security from the families of the 38 MLAs who were camping with him in a Guwahati hotel.
Shinde said that the security provided to the MLAs at their residence and to their family members in accordance with protocol had been illegally and unlawfully withdrawn as retaliation in a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and State Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil. Shinde claimed that security had been withdrawn, but Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil denied this.
“Neither the Chief Minister nor the Home Department has ordered the withdrawal of security of any MLA. The allegations being levelled through Twitter are false and completely baseless. No MLA’s security has been withdrawn. Keeping in view the prevailing situation, the Home Department has decided to provide security at the residence of MLAs to keep their families safe,” said Patil.
Shinde along with 38 party MLAs and nine independent MLAs are campaigning at Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati in BJP-ruled Assam from June 22. Notably, the Eknath Shinde faction, earlier on Friday, gave notice of a no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Narhari Jhirwal, after the Uddhav Thackeray faction submitted a plea before the deputy speaker to disqualify the rebel MLAs.