They also smashed furniture and windows of a security cabin in the premises. After going on a rampage, the attackers put up a poster of Thackeray at the gate.
The group had received information that BMC workers were going to demolish Thackeray’s temporary samadhi at Shivaji Park for Vijay Diwas celebrations scheduled for December 16. The grounds have to be handed over to the Armed Forces for their rehearsals on December 13 and 14.
Earlier on Saturday, hundreds of Sainiks had converged at Shivaji Park to protect the structure. Followers had vowed they would not allow anyone to dismantle the memorial and continued to stand guard.