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MNS chief Raj Thackeray in court

October 21, 2008
When news broke that Maharashtra Navnirman Sena supremo Raj Thackeray would be produced in Mumbai's suburban Bandra court, hundreds of his supporters gathered outside.

The crowd kept swelling and after a point it went out of control. Someone brought a roadside dustbin to the nearby Western Express Highway and burnt it down.

The police resorted to a lathicharge ad then fired tear gas to drive away the crowd. Many MNS supporters were beaten up and even women were not spared.

Raj was arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday in Ratnagiri, a coastal town in Maharashtra and driven to Mumbai in a police van. He was to be produced by 11 am but only reached the court by 2.45 pm.

Rajís lawyers got him bail in one case for which he paid the Rs 15,000 surety and in the second case he was sent to judicial custody till November 4.

The prosecution had charged that Raj and his party members were involved in unconstitutional activities by targeting poor North Indian students who had come to appear for railway exams.

They filed two cases against him, the first one in Kherwadi, Bandra area in which he got bail and in the second one at Kalyan-Dombivli jurisdiction where some North Indian students were beaten up by MNS supporters.

At around 4 pm Raj came out was driven straight to Kalyan (on Mumbai's outskirts) where he will apply for bail in a local court on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

Reportage: Syed Firdaus Ashraf | Video: Hitesh Harisinghani

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