Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) seems to be in news from last two days, for what they are best known for. The party workers decided, this time, to teach a lesson to a resident of Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area for allegedly abusing the party supremo, Raj Thackeray, on social media. “The ones who will use abusing language about mothers and sisters, we will 100% beat them up,” warned Sandeep Deshpande while talking to Ajanta News.
The resident of Ghatkopar is identified as, Vijay Vare, who was beaten up by the MNS mob for allegedly commenting against the party chief Raj Thackeray on a Facebook post. On April 6, one of the supporters of Raj Thackeray had posted photographs and some posts of Thackeray’s Gudi Padwa rally, which had held earlier. On one of those photographs, Vare allegedly posted an abusive comment against the MNS chief, Raj Thackeray. Consequently, the MNS workers burst into Vijay Vare’s home in Ghatkopar East, hurled abuses and also thrashed him in front of his pleading family.
They also made him apologize to the party chief Raj Thackeray and the whole of Maharashtra in front of the camera. “I made a few comments against Raj Thackeray on social media and I am hence apologising to all MNS workers and the whole of Maharashtra,” Vare is heard saying in the video. Moreover, he was also made to do sit ups as a part of punishment.
This was yet not enough, Vare was taken to Pantnagar police station where a non- cognizable offense under section 500 (Defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against him. Vare was later released. Meanwhile, there are no actions taken against the MNS workers yet.
Ajanta News got in touch with MNS Spokesperson, Sandeep Deshpande, and asked him to comment on the incident. “There can be differences in the ideology, we have no problem with it and Vijay Vare also has a right to express his views but by crossing the limits and abusing extremely by using harsh language about Raj Thackeray sir’s mother and sister, is not accepted.” clarified Deshpande in the talk with Ajanta News.
Upon reminding Deshpande about constitution of India that gives right to every citizen to express their views, Deshpande refuted beating everyone on their views but the ones who hurl abuses to his party chief will be dealt sternly. “The ones who have abused (Raj Thackeray) were beaten up. We don’t do this with each and everyone. The ones who have crossed their limits, they should be retaliated in the same manner. You pass a comment about Raj Thackeray sir, we have no problem with it; you pass a comment about us, we have no problem with it, democracy has given this right to everyone..but if you use abusive language about mothers and sisters then he (the responsible person) will be back answered in the same way.” warned Deshpande in his conversation with Ajanta News.
When a senior Pantnagar Police officer was asked for the reason behind no action against the assaulters in the case he said, “We did not receive any complaint from anyone. We were only aware of the claim that Vare had made some objectionable comments on Facebook, for which he had apologised. Now that videos of the assault have gone viral, we will look into them.” the police official was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror.
Recently, on April 9, three MNS activists were booked for allegedly beating a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker in Thane district of Maharashtra over a post forwarded by him on WhatsApp which they found offensive.
According to the reports, the BJP activist, Pradeep Rane, received a post on WhatsApp about the MNS along with a picture of it’s party chief, Raj Thackeray. He forwarded the post to some of his phone contacts. Later, three MNS workers also saw the post and felt offended following which they thrashed Rane.
Rane alleged that he apologised and also deleted the post from his mobile phone, yet the MNS workers allegedly made a video-recording of the beating incident which they posted on social media and also aired on a local channel.
Ajanta News spoke to Sandeep Deshpande about this incident as well, for which he said, “Should I abuse PM Narendra Modi on his mother and sister and then apologize to him, will it be okay? And who told you that after his (Pradeep Rane) apology we have beaten him. Why did he abuse, this is the first question in this incident. Next time, I’ll abuse and apologize, will it be okay? If anyone abuses you and later on tells you sorry, then will you finish the matter? The ones who will use abusive language about mothers and sisters, we will 100% beat them up.” roared Deshpande in his strong voice, while speaking to Ajanta News.
The Thane police is probing the case as of now. Another incident took place in September, last year. MNS workers had threatened and assaulted a man who criticized a cartoon made by Raj Thackeray mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Vivek Bhagwat from Badlapur commented against Raj Thackeray and his cartoon on Facebook. MNS workers identified him and rushed into his house with several women workers when he was going out for work.
First, they made Bhagwat remove the Facebook post and then made him put an apology on the social media platform. However, they did not stop there. They abused him, slapped him several times, made him apologise and made a video of the incident. They also posted the video on social media and justified it. Till now, no complaint has been filed in the matter.
The list is not over yet, there are a series of incidents which take place on regular basis where MNS activists are accused of taking law in their own hands to deal with alleged offenders. There are also incidents where the MNS activists have thrashed and manhandled people who have allegedly harassed common men in the city. While some favour their tit-for-tat style while many object to their violent style.
(With inputs from Agencies)