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Hate campaign spills over - House of Tata official attacked

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By JAYESH THAKER in Jamshedpur
  • Published 21.10.08

Jamshedpur, Oct. 21: Raj Thackeray’s anti-migrant politics in Maharashtra is having a ripple effect in Jamshedpur.

Members of the Bharatiya Bhojpuri Sangh (BBS) today vandalised the official residence of Tata Motors Jamshedpur plant head S.B. Borwankar, a Maharashtrian.

The incident comes two days after an army of rioters from Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) stormed railway board exam centres in Mumbai’s suburbs and beat up candidates from north India.

Armed with lathis and hockey sticks, more than 100 BBS members trooped to Borwankar’s Nildih Road bungalow around 3.30pm. Shouting anti-MNS slogans, they smashed windowpanes and broke flowerpots.

Though Borwankar was in office, his mother and wife were at home at the time of the incident. The protesters, however, did not attack anyone except a security guard, H. Nath, who tried to resist them.

Nath, posted at the main gate, was beaten up with lathis when he refused entry to BBS men. They damaged his motorbike and also vandalised the guards’ quarters. Nath had to be given first aid.

By the time, police and senior functionaries of Tata Motors rushed to Borwankar’s residence, the BBS members had left the spot. An officer said a company of Rapid Action Police (RAP) from Sonari had been rushed to Nildih Road. He confirmed that Borwankar’s family members were safe. “They only caused damage to property,” he added.

The extent of damage could be gauged from the fact that officials had to requisition extra labourers to remove shards of glass and pieces of broken pots.

Tata Motors spokesperson Captain P.J. Singh called the incident unfortunate. “We will probe the matter,” he said.

Borwankar was not available for comments.

Superintendent of police Navin Kumar Singh said an FIR would be lodged against the culprits. He said the matter was being investigated, but no arrests had been made.

Talking to The Telegraph, BBS president Anand Bihari Dubey called the attack on Borwankar’s residence unfortunate. “I was not with the mob. I was on my way home from the railway station when someone informed me about the attack. I rushed to the spot and asked our members to leave immediately,” he said.

Dubey admitted that members of the organisation had been seething ever since the attack on Hindi-speaking students in Mumbai. “I was aware that they were angry, but never thought they would attack Borwankar’s residence,” he said.

Meanwhile, security was beefed up at the Tata Motors Graduate Trainee Hostel in Telco Colony and the Maharashtra Hitkari Mandal office in Bistupur.

Fear has gripped the 4,000-odd Maharashtrians living in and around the city. The Mandal office remained closed today because two bike-borne youths had threatened officials last evening.