Mumbai: To show his strength, Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) will hold a pro-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) rally in the city on Sunday, February 9. The announcement for this rally was made by Raj Thackeray about 2 weeks ago and in the same procession he had unveiled a new flag for the party. The rally will start from Hindu Gymkhana and end at Azad Maidan in Mumbai.
The Mumbai Police has made elaborate security arrangements in view of the MNS rally. Addressing a party conclave last week, MNS chief Raj Thackeray had first announced a morcha demanding the eviction of illegal Bangladeshi and Pakistani infiltrators, which he said would be an answer to the protests against the CAA and National Register of Citizens. So Mumbai Police anticipate that the rally may lead to some untoward incidents. Heavy police deployment will be witnessed on the route where MNS will hold its demonstration to show their support for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and demanding eviction of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan.
As many as 600 police personnel, riot control teams, bomb squads and CCTVs will ensure the safety of both the protestors and Mumbaikars during the mega MNS demonstration. Thousands of MNS workers are expected to attend the ‘Mahamorcha’ that is set to begin at 12 noon on Sunday from Hindu Gymkhana along Marine Drive to the Azad Maidan in south Mumbai. After the demonstrators reach Azad Maidan, they will be addressed by Raj Thackeray.
“Apart from local police, personnel of the State Reserve Police Force (DRPF), Riot Control Police, Quick Response Teams (QRTs), Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads (BDDS), and additional 600 policemen will be deployed on the morcha route," says New Agency PTI quoted Mumbai Police as saying.
He further added that Mumbai Police personnel in civic clothes will mingle with the crowd and keep and eye for anti-national elements. Some roads will be closed and traffic on few others will be diverted on others in view of the MNS Sunday march. Besides the other security arrangements, CCTVs and drones will also be used to monitor the security situation.
The MNS chief Thackeray had earlier said that the party will conduct a huge rally on February 9 in Mumbai to drive “infiltrators out of India”.
On Thursday, MNS cadre pinned posters outside Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s residence ‘Mathoshree’ calling for the eviction of illegal Bangladeshi and Pakistani immigrants.