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MNS gang trashes Mumbai Congress office in battle over 'migrant' hawkers

Supporters of Raj Thackeray on Friday vandalised an office of the Congress for backing hawkers that Thackeray’s anti-migrant Maharashtra Navnirman Sena wants evicted from the city.

  • Published 1.12.17
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Mumbai: Police inspecting the Congress' office in Mumbai on Friday after it was ransacked by unknown miscreants. PTI Picture.

Mumbai, Dec. 1 (Agencies): Supporters of Raj Thackeray on Friday vandalised an office of the Congress for backing hawkers that Thackeray’s anti-migrant Maharashtra Navnirman Sena wants evicted from the city.

”The MNS has carried out a 'surgical strike' on Nirupam's office. (It is) tit for tat,” MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande said after the attack on the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee office at Azad Maidan in South Mumbai.

The MRCC, headed by Sanjay Nirupam, had backed hawkers. The MNS has begun an agitation to oust them from the metropolis following the September 29 stampede at Elphinstone Railway Station in which 22 died when passengers seeking shelter from rain had crowded an overbridge.

Thackeray had said such stampedes would continue to occur in Mumbai till hordes of migrants keep pouring into the city.

Nirupam and the MNS workers had later clashed in north Mumbai.

A police officer said Nirupam’s cabin had been damanged by the vandalised.

”The incident occurred at around 11.30am. Two persons entered the MRCC office and vandalised it with the help of paver blocks and stones,” a police official said.

”We are examining CCTV footage,” Vasant Wakhare, senior police inspector of Azad Maidan police station, told PTI.

Nirupam said the attack showed the frustration of the MNS.

”I can understand the frustration of the MNS whose workers are being beaten up by hawkers regularly. Their attack on our office is a cowardly act. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis must act fast or a befitting reply will be given for sure,” he said.