Sena to Shut-down Maharashtra over Blast Probe

Mumbai, Nov 26:
Opposing the way the Malegaon blast is being investigated, the Shiv Sena has called for a shutdown of Maharashtra on Monday to express solidarity with two of the prime accused.

According to Sanjay Raut, a Rajya Sabha member from Shiv Sena, the shutdown call was prompted by bitter feelings in the party and among the people at large over the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad's (ATS) investigations into the blast.

“There is a feeling that the ATS is coming up with these things daily without proof and it is obviously functioning under political pressure,” Raut said Wednesday.

He said that it will be a shutdown in the “old, traditional Shiv Sena style,” and that party activists will be out on the roads to enforce the action.

The winter session of the state legislature is due to open in Nagpur Monday.

Six people were killed in the blast in Malegaon town of Maharashtra on the night of September 29. The ATS has arrested at least 10 including the sadhvi, the serving army officer and some radical Hindu activists.

Several Hindu organisations have opposed allegations that there was a radical Hindutva 'terror network' behind the blast.


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