Defacing of Bhujbal’s portrait sparks violence in Nashik

June 1st, 2008 - 8:39 pm ICT by admin  

Nashik (Maharashtra), June 1 (IANS) Defacing of Maharashtra Minister Chhagan Bhujbal’s portrait sparked violent protests in many areas of this city Sunday with workers of his Akhil Bharatiya Samata Parishad taking to the streets and indulging in stone pelting. Followers of Bhujbal, a senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and the state’s public works minister, staged angry demonstrations on the Nashik Road, holding up vehicular traffic after his portrait and a Samata Parishad banner were found plastered with cow dung in the Datta Choufuli area, the police said.

But while the police managed to pacify the protesters by registering their complaint against unideintified persons, hordes of other Samata Parishad and NCP activists stopped state transport buses, threw stones at cars and burnt tyres on the roads in the Mumbai Naka and Dwarka Gate areas.

With Bhujbal out of the country and no local party leader coming out to rein in the frenzied workers, the police had a tough time bringing the situation under control.

The police control room said in the evening that normalcy has returned in the city.

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