indefinite curfew was clamped Wednesday in most parts of Kalyan town where Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray is being held in a police lock-up after being arrested for inciting violence against North Indians. Thackeray's wife was staging a sit-in to demand a meeting with him with party workers in attendance, an official said.
The police said Thackeray's wife Sharmila could meet Raj, but she demanded that party office-bearers must also be allowed to meet him. The police refused to allow that.
The police baton charged Raj supporters who defied the curfew and came out in large groups on the roads leading to Kalyan court. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The authorities have also deployed Rapid Action Force (RAF) and State Reserve Police (SRP) to help the local administration maintain law and order.
The town in neighbouring Thane district, about 70 km from Mumbai, was rocked by group clashes leading to police baton charge, widespread arson, damage to private and public property, damage to the railway station and general mayhem as the MNS chief was brought there Tuesday evening.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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