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Mumbai: Four Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers were on Sunday detained by the Mumbai Police for playing ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ on a loudspeaker in front of the Shiv Sena headquarters in Dadar area. The police also seized loudspeakers, a cab on which he was mounted and other items, an official said.

 

Let us remind you that MNS chief Raj Thackeray had on April 2 demanded the closure of loudspeakers in mosques and said that if it is not stopped, there will be speakers playing ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ at high volume outside mosques. He had also criticized NCP chief Sharad Pawar, whose party shares power in Maharashtra with Shiv Sena and Congress, accusing him of “playing the caste card from time to time and dividing the society”.

 

He had also taken a dig at Maharashtra Chief Minister and his cousin Uddhav Thackeray. On Sunday morning, after being alerted about MNS members playing religious hymns on loudspeakers outside Sena Bhavan, police reached the spot and MNS functionary Yashwant Killedar and arrested three. An official of Shivaji Park police station said that other workers of the organisation.

 

MNS workers gathered in the temple, sang ‘Hanuman Chalisa’

After his detention, several MNS workers gathered at a small temple located near the police station premises and started singing ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ and other religious songs. “We have detained four MNS workers for playing loudspeakers in front of Sena Bhawan. We are investigating further in the matter,” said the police officer. Last Sunday, some MNS workers played ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ in front of the party office in Kalyan town of neighboring Thane district.

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