Mumbai: Amid the loudspeaker row, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) supremo Raj Thackeray has received a threat letter. MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar said on April 11 that Raj Thackeray received a letter that threatened his life and the letter was written in Urdu.
Bala met with Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil on May 11 to inform him about the threat letter. According to reports, Bala fired warning shots by saying that they will burn Maharashtra if anything were to happen to Raj Thackeray.
The development comes in the wake of a warning issued by the MNS chief against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray over the police action against MNS workers in connection with the loudspeaker row.
"After I appealed to all the countrymen to remove the loudspeakers from mosques, the Maharashtra state government is behaving as if it has become senseless. MNS workers were arrested on May 4, just before the movement to implement the decisions given by the Supreme Court of the country and the High Courts of various states. Preventive notices were issued by the police to 28,000 Maharashtra soldiers, thousands were deported and many were imprisoned," Thackeray said in a letter to the Maharashtra CM.
"Why not blow horns on mosques which create noise pollution and disturb the people! Over the past week, I have wondered how the state government is using police force to suppress the soldiers of Maharashtra. Has the state government or police ever carried out such an 'arrest operation' to find weapons and terrorists hiding in mosques?" the MNS chief added.
"Searching for Sandeep Deshpande and other activists are underway in such a way that these people have come from Pakistan. Who gave the order for these atrocities and harsh actions? This is not right. All Marathi brothers and sisters are seeing this. Do not test our patience," he said further.
Meanwhile, Raj Thackeray had earlier set a deadline of May 3 for the Maharashtra government to remove loudspeakers from mosques and threatened that his party workers would play Hanuman Chalisa with double the volume of 'Azaan' (Muslim prayers) in front of the mosques if the state government failed to act within the deadline.