Some very smart and promt preventive actions taken by Mumbai police to prevent the latest Marathi terrorist organisation, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena from going about attacking and killing the Mumbai shopkeepers. We thought there was nothing that can stop this mad man but Mumbai police did succeed and he backed off.

“We have already made approximately 1,100 preventive arrests under different sections of the Bombay Police Act,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) K L Prasad. “All police stations have been notified to take strict action against those who take the law into their own hands. Disciplinary action will be taken against policemen who fail to follow such orders.” [Source: Express India]

So what is Raj Thackeray saying?

“I am disturbed by the arrest of over 700 of my party workers by the police in a surprise overnight operation. My party wants to restore Marathi ‘asmita (pride)’ and that is why we have taken up the issue of Marathi on signboards. But I am now appealing to my party workers to stay calm,” Thackeray said at a crowded press conference at party headquarters Rajgad in Dadar on Thursday evening. [Source Times of India

Meanwhile the Traders Associations in Mumbai have moved the High Court to seek a clarification on the position of the law on this issue. It seems there is a confusion over what the law says, there is also an existing stay orders in favour of the shopkeepers. In an interview with Times of India, Federation of Retail Traders and Welfare Associations joint secretary Viren Shah said,

I am not opposed to names in Marathi. My own shop, Roopam, near Crawford Market has had its name in Marathi since 1968. I am only opposing the MNS’s style of functioning of threatening shopkeepers into using Marathi names in bigger fonts. Section 20(a) of the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments Act-1961 specified that names should also be written in Marathi. Nobody had any problem with that. But, in 2001, the state government made it compulsory for shopowners to have Marathi in the biggest font size. We moved Bombay High Court, which stayed the amendment . The stay still continues. So how can the MNS force us to make the Marathi fonts biggest? 

Read the full interview here