India Today investigation finds how MNS resorts to vandalism, threats for money family, wedding pictures, age, height, weight, biography
Highlights1Probe shows how some thugs in the MNS vandalise and hold protests for money.2Protests never come for free, interests of those participating taken are of: MNS.3Probe also shows how a bigger extortion plan was planned by blackmailing a real estate tycoon.They let loose their bullyboy tactics on films, artistes, north Indian taxi drivers, vendors and jobseekers in Mumbai.Pugnacious activists of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena are increasingly holding the country’s commercial and film capital to ransom in the name of either national or Maratha pride. The most recent case in point was the way in which they threatened to protest against the release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil for featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan before relenting on its stand.As the nation wondered whether the MNS’ aggressive demonstrations to gag free speech and curb civil liberties were really about patriotism, a stunning India Today investigation has found that not all of the party’s protests are motivated by ideology.Also read: Uddhav Thackeray makes fun of Maharashtra CM Fadnavis for brokering ADHM deal with MNS
WANT PROTEST, MAKE THE PAYMENT
India Today’s undercover reporters working across Mumbai have discovered how some thugs in the MNS are willing to hold protests for a price.An investigation by India Today has also revealed a possible extortion racket running within Raj Thackeray’s political party.Several MNS leaders, whom India Today’s undercover reporters met, were ready to start protests with an army of goons in Mumbai after being paid.Mohammad Athar Shah, the party’s Kurla ward president, agreed to order his foot soldiers to go on the rampage on the streets for Rs 25 lakh when our journalist in the guise of a lobbyist asked him whether he could organise violent protests.Also read: ADHM row: MNS a party of goons, can’t decide what people must watch, says BJP MP Babul Supriyo
“If you go to somebody else, they will charge Rs 50 lakh or more. We will organise it for Rs 25 lakh,” said Shah, an aspirant for the powerful BMC. The bill he quoted for his violent demonstration would help him fund his campaign for the BMC, whose elections are due in February, he said.
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