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Mumbai, Oct 22: After spending a night in jail, Maharashtar Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray will be produced in Kalyan court today, where he will seek bail, while the prosecution will move application for his custody.
Preventive curfew has been clamped in Kalyan from 11 am.
On Tuesday MNS activists went on the rampage burning shops and hurling stones in and around neighbouring Dombivali after their arrested leader Raj Thackeray was brought to the police station in connection with the case relating to assault on north Indians.
The activists burnt shops around the Dombivali police station and also indulged in stone throwing at vehicles at many locations, police said.
The suburban Bandra Metropolitan court granted him bail in the Chetna College attack incident in Kherwadi, Bandra, but handed him over to Dombivali police where he will be produced before a local court in Kalyan.
The bail application was moved after the Bandra court remanded him to judicial custody till November 4.
Raj Thackeray was arrested early Tuesday morning in Ratnagiri and was sent to jail by a Bandra court, which however granted him bail but the MNS chief was quickly booked in another case in Kalyan as the police action triggered violence by his supporters in the state.
Under intense pressure to rein in Raj for his anti-north Indian tirade, the Maharashtra government finally arrested the MNS chief in four different cases arising out of the involvement of MNS activists in the attack on candidates from north India appearing for a railway recruitment exam on Sunday.
The arrest was made following a complaint registered in Kherwadi police against Raj and MNS activists for the Sunday incident.
MNS activists went on a rampage in parts of Mumbai, Nashik, Sholapur and Kolhapur attacking shops and pelting stones at buses and taxis. Police made about 2,000 preventive arrests to prevent any violence after the arrest. Violence was also reported from Thane district.
Thackeray was charged under sections 153, 353, 336, 425, 427 of IPC relating to rioting, assault, damage to property and mischief.
The arrest came within hours of a defiant Raj justifying the attack on north Indian youth and warning the State government that it will have to regret the consequences if he was arrested.
"If I am arrested, the entire Maharashtra will be set on fire," he had said addressing a meeting in Chiplun on Sunday.