Activists of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on Sunday (19 October 2008) attacked 13 Railway Board Examination Centers in suburban Mumbai protesting “inadequate representation” to locals and chased away candidates from north India.
About 10 MNS activists have been arrested from central suburban Dombivali and Kalyan so far for disrupting the exam and preventing candidates from appearing the examination, the police said.
“We have arrested 10 MNS activists so far from Dombivali and Kalyan under the charges of rioting at the examination centers,” Thane Commissioner of Police Anil Dhere told PTI.
“Attackers even tried to tear exam papers and hall tickets of some of the candidates at Nerul in Navi Mumbai,” Sharma said.
“Railway officers should understand the meaning of our protest and allow more Marathi candidates for the examination than the outsiders,” Shinde said. “MNS activists would meet railway officials soon”, he added.
Despite the disruption, the exam was conducted at total 82 centers in Mumbai with the help of local police, he added.
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad demanded a ban on the outfit, saying its chief Raj Thackeray was a ‘mental case‘.
“I strongly condemn the incident. There should be an inquiry into the attack. There should be strong action against that party…MNS should be banned,” the Minister told reporters.
MNS need to understand that we all are Indians and then Marathi or whatever state we belong to. We all have to work collectively not individually. This kind of revolt against is nothing but the stupid outlook of illiteracy because FREEDOM OF LIVING is one of the fundamental rights of all Indians and nobody can take that. We condemn it in the strongest terms
There are many more core issues that need to be taken care like terrorism poverty & population burst within the state, rather than concentrating on such petty issues. I urge all the readers to stop following such cases as we should not encourage such politicians who are against the good of country, in fact mankind!!!
India will continue to have such issues in future as it has double standards. Regionalism is gaining popularity in TN/AP/Maharashtra due to this. India intervened in Pakistan affair in 1971 for Bangladesh but acting opposite in the revised manner for Srilanka Tamil issue dismissing as an internal matter.
What’s happening in Maharashtra is nothing but result of regional imbalance that is showing up. It was always destined to happen this way with the state of affairs in our country.
We all fight for our local religion & rights but none of us see ourselves as INDIAN first. This is the need of the moment. In this hour where every Indian is on a spree to kill the fellow countrymen interest, has anyone ever thought of calling yourself with pride that I m an INDIAN & work collectively for betterment of the nation? Folks, rise above regionalism and see how this country can transform into one of the best, most advanced, countries in this world.
Rise & Wake up Indians.