Cops register 19 FIRs against Narayan Rane’s Mumbai yatra over Covid violations | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Shiv Sainik Appa Patil’s act of spraying ‘gaumutra’ (cow urine) to purify the late Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray’s Smruti Sthal at Shivaji Park and perform ‘abhishek’ with milk after union minister Narayan Rane had paid respects at the spot on Thursday drew sharp reactions from Rane and opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis. Also, between Thursday and Friday, the Mumbai police registered 19 FIRs in connection with Rane’s Jan Aashirwad Yatra against the organisers and BJP workers for violation of Covid guidelines.
Speaking to mediapersons in Nagpur, Fadnavis said the Sainik’s act of cleansing the spot was “of a very narrow-minded mentality. This is Talibani thinking. The Sainiks who have done this (purification) have not understood the Shiv Sena.” He added that Sainiks could tolerate the Sena as part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, sharing power with parties that had sought to send the late Sena chief to jail for his allegedly inflammatory editorials. “You can sit with such people, but when an old Sainik goes to pay his respects, you feel the place has become unholy. This is wrong,” he said.
Friday was the second day of Rane’s yatra. “I decide before whom I shall bow. I visited other memorials too as part of my dialogue with the people. The memorial (Thackeray) is surrounded by mud. If Sena workers are keen on sanitising it, they should first ensure it is kept in better condition. It should be on a par with an international-standard memorial, but its condition is the same as that of the rest of Mumbai under the 32-year-old rule of the Sena. It is time to get rid of the Sena,” he said.
Rane attacked CM Uddhav Thackeray for attending a virtual meeting called by Sonia Gandhi. Terming Thackeray as “helpless,” Rane said the late Balasaheb would never have compromised on Hindutva.
Of the 19 FIRs registered by the police in connection with the yatra, the maximum are at Mahim and Agripada police stations (three cases each), followed by Sion and Govandi police stations (two each). Azad Maidan, Gamdevi, Kalachowky, Shivaji Park, Dadar, Chembur, Vile Parle, Kherwadi and airport police stations have registered a single case each. The provisions applied include Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, Section 51 of National Disaster Management Act and Section 135 of the Maharashtra Police Act.


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