Sushant Malavade, an MNS zonal head from Malad, was hit on the head with an iron rod and suffered serious injuries. He demanded that a case be registered against Nirupam and the group of hawkers that attached Malwade. The MNS workers, who have been forcefully driving away hawkers, should be ready to face retaliation, the Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam cautioned on Sunday.
MNS workers alleged Saturday's clash occurred after Sanjay Nirupam, president of the Mumbai Congress Committee, addressed a large gathering of hawkers in Malad and said "it's time they retaliated". "Then I told me, if and when MNS workers law into their hands and attack you, and the police do not come to your rescue, then you will have to take law into hands and fight for your rights".
"A hawkers beating up a Marathi Manoos won't be tolerated", Rane said in a tweet after Malawade was attacked by a group of hawkers outside Mumbai's Malad station while conduction an ant-hawker drive across the city.
MNS leaders such as Nitin Sardesai, Sandeep Deshpande and Nayan Kadam rushed to the police station and hospital, where Malavade - who was injured - has been admitted. Thackeray is likely to visit Malavade today. MNS chief Raj Thackeray warned that if no steps were taken before mid-October, MNS workers would act themselves. "The hawkers are capable enough to retaliate to any aggression from MNS", he had said. The Chief Minister should look into the issue and give justice to North Indians who are suffering due to MNS.
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The incident took place around 3:30 pm near the railway station in Malad. He said this would make stations safer and easier to access for commuters. After Nirupam's speech, MNS workers tried to clear the area of hawkers, leading to the hawkers turning violent. The action against Nirupam is said to be under sections pertaining to illegal assembly and conducting rally without permission, while a case has been filed against several MNS workers for vandalism.
Deepak Deoraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) and spokesperson for Mumbai Police, said, "We are in the process of registering the FIR and will book both parties for rioting and assault". Senior MNS leader Nitin Sardesai also reached Malad after the incident.