7 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers were arrested in Mumbai yesterday under Maharashtra Police Act 135. A group of MNS workers protested against certain business establishments over displaying Gujarati signboards and forcibly had them removed. While no complaint was lodged, police proactively arrested 7 workers for illegal gathering. The first act took place in Dadar and the next one in Mahim.
In Dadar, the MNS workers gathered outside a P.N. Gadgil Jewellers outlet forcing them to remove the Gujarati signboard the management had put up. The same group then headed towards Mahim where they protested in front of Hotel Shoba and forced them to remove the signboard as well. These acts are directed against the rights of a business to put up signboards in any language of their choice. Assistant Commissioner of Police Sunil Deshmukh said in a statement, “Two separate offenses of illegal gathering under section 135 of Maharashtra Police Act have been lodged against the MNS workers at Dadar and Mahim police stations accordingly. Police have arrested at least seven MNS activists in connection with illegal gathering at Mahim,” he said.