MNS workers damage cars and injure two, corporator booked

The Kasturba Marg police booked Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporator Prakash Darekar from Borivali (East) on charges of dacoity after more than 20 of his party members, along with another member Ravindra More, allegedly damaged 14 cars and injured two persons on the set of a film shoot in Borivali on Sunday afternoon. Darekar is legislator Pravin Darekar's brother.

According to the police officers, MNS members went on a rampage at a wafer factory near the Tata Power House in Borivali (East) near the highway at 3.30 pm.

On Sunday afternoon, the shooting of a film directed by Rohan Sippy, which includes actor Ayushmaan, was on at the factory. The factory is owned by Kiran Shah.

Additional Commissioner of Police (North) Sunil Paraskar said an argument started between Shah's manager Dedhiya and More when the latter tried to enter the premises and park his car. "This happened when Shah was on his way out but he didn't interfere and left. More threatened Dedhiya and went away," said Paraskar.

Within 15 minutes, More allegedly reached the spot along with 20-25 people carrying rods and stones. They allegedly threw stones at the factory and damaged 14 cars parked on the premises. "One of the cars belonged to Ayushmaan. The watchman and a member of the shooting crew were also injured," said Paraskar.

He added that in the rampage a few people lost their wallets and one person lost Rs 4,000. "Based on this, we have booked corporator Prakash Darekar and unknown people who work for him on the charge of dacoity," said Paraskar.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Sunil Deshmukh said the charge of dacoity is applied when people lose money or property in a riot. "In this case, more than 20 people damaged property and injured others," he said.

MNS workers, however, said they had done nothing wrong. "People have every right to protest. This is BMC-reserved land for parking but they are using it illegally. If we are not allowed to use what is given to the public by the civic body, we have every right to protest," said Sandip Deshpande, MNS corporator from Dadar.

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