Mob vandalises BMC office, trucks at Worli

Published: Dec 11, 2012, 09:23 IST | A Correspondent |

The ongoing impasse over the makeshift memorial to Balasaheb Thackeray at his cremation site in Shivaji Park came to a head last night at 9.20 pm when a group of 15-20 Shiv Sena supporters damaged dumpers and trucks at BMC's Worli office.

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. 

Security cabin
Pics/Bipin Kokate 

BMC's trucks
Pics/Bipin Kokate 

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.

Sena supporters
Meanwhile, a large number of Sena supporters were flocking to Shivaji Park to guard the memorial at Shivaji Park last night. Pic/Satyajit Desai

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. 

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