Mumbai: Discontented Ravi Gaikwad supporters denied permission to meet Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena MP, Ravi Gaikwad could not take the denial of the ticket to contest the Lok Sabha election. Resultantly, Gaikwad and his supporters took to streets and started marching towards Matoshree on Saturday night to meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

Before they could reach Thackeray’s residence, police arrested Gaikwad and some of his supporters in Dadar, near Vashi toll plaza and others in Osmanabad on Sunday.

Police received a tip-off that agitated supporters of Gaikwad were on way to Matoshree to meet Thackeray, to show displeasure on replacing Gaikwad with Sena candidate Om Raje Nimbalkar for the Osmanabad seat. Accordingly, police detained a few supporters near Tuljapur at 1am and by serving them notice to maintain peace. However, a few others took their personal vehicles to head towards Matoshree.

Gaikwad and his supporters were issued a notice under section 149 of the Code Of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which allows police to prevent cognizable offences. According to the notice issued under section 149 of the CRPC, every police officer can prevent, the commission of any cognizable offence.

Navi Mumbai counterparts were alerted about the agitated supporters, who were en route Mumbai and a thorough check was done at the Vashi Toll Naka early on Sunday morning, where a few were detained. However, the ones aware of the check, went to the railway stations to take trains to reach Dadar.

On Sunday, when Gaikwad and his supporters gathered near Dadar, they first visited the Bal Thackeray memorial, which was then followed by a rally to meet Uddhav Thackeray at Matoshree. However, some 50 supporters of Gaikwad were intercepted by Mumbai police, who detained them, stopping them from meeting Thackeray on Sunday, said police.

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