Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader has warned Maharashtra police after party workers were reportedly assaulted by a policeman for raising slogans at a public program attended by Maharashtra cabinet minister Eknath Shinde.
Shinde, who is also Thane district Guardian Minister, was in Vasai to restart civic transport services. As the event was about to end, two MNS activists sneaked inside and started shouting slogans against the local civic administration, demanding a time to meet from the municipal commissioner.
In a video that has gone viral, the policemen whisked them away, dragging them by their collar and pushed them inside the van.
Cops allegedly also used foul language and slapped them.
However, soon after the video went viral, MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande has dared them to face MNS activists without the protection of the uniform.
“I saw the video where two party workers were protesting asking for an appointment with the civic chief and we also saw the cops raising hand on them. The cops used abusive language, which was really unbecoming of the police. I want to tell you that cops should not behave like agents of the government. Power comes and goes, police should behave like police,” said Sandeep Deshpande.
He further added that there was no need of using force just for saying the ‘MNS zindabad’ slogan.
“Don’t throw around such an attitude, if you have so much power and want to be an agent of the government, keep your uniform aside for two hours and fight us, face-to-face. We will show what Raj saheb’s sainik can do.”
Deshpande also recalled that the party protested at Azad maidan when cops were attacked. “It is Raj saheb’s teaching, so we are tolerating it. But, it doesn’t mean that we will tolerate everything,” he warned.
He also demanded the suspension of the cops who used foul language.
Meanwhile, MNS Thane and Palghar unit chief Avinash Jadhav justified the protest by two-party workers.
Jadhav said that political parties are unhappy with the way VVMC (Vasai Virar municipal corporation) commissioner is working and had been seeking time from him for several months to draw his attention towards rampant unauthorised constructions.
He also added that he is proud of the two ‘tigers of the party’ who sneaked into the event when no one else was allowed to enter.