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Raj Thackeray sent to judicial custody till Nov 4

TimePublished on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 16:32, Updated on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 19:49 in Nation section

RAGE OVER RAJ: MNS supporters resorted to stone-pelting at police vehicles outside the Bandra court.

RAGE OVER RAJ: MNS supporters resorted to stone-pelting at police vehicles outside the Bandra court.

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He was later taken to the Bandra court, where police were forced to baton charge his supporters since they refused to disperse.

Many MNS activists squatted on the busy Western Express Highway, which is barely a stone' throw away from the Bandra court, causing traffic jams. They also pelted stones at passing vehicles, causing panic stricken commuters to flee.

Although suburban trains on the Western and Central Railways and Harbour Line functioned as usual, some buses, taxis and autorickshaws were set on fire.

In a few areas public transport just stayed off the roads causing inconvenience to people. Police were forced to fire tear gas shells in many places to control the rampaging MNS activists.

The office of the state Congress spokesperson Sanjay Nirupam was also vandalised. Many shops and commercial establishments, especially those run or managed by non-Maharashtrians, chose not to open at all to avoid trouble.

All schools and colleges closed by 1000 hours IST and by 1400 hours IST most Mumbai streets were deserted as scared residents hid in their houses to avoid the wrath of MNS activists.

As news about Thackeray's arrest spread, there was violence in other parts of Maharashtra too.

In Satara town, MNS workers set fire to a bus depot, while in Nagpur party leaders claimed Thackeray's supporters had damaged several state transport buses.

(With inputs from IANS)

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