Meet the detained MNS ‘patriots’ behind ADHM protest: Most have a record of vandalism

From a labour contractor to a Gujarati tailor, most of the 12 protesters have prior cases against them for blackening non-Marathi signboards and indulging in vandalism.

Written by Vishwas Waghmode , Rashmi Rajput | Mumbai | Updated: October 21, 2016 10:19 am
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WITH 12 MNS protesters sent to judicial custody till November 4 for trying to force their way into Mumbai’s Metro Cinema while protesting against the Diwali release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, party leaders admitted that things may have got “a little out of hand”.

”They were supposed to meet the management of the cinema halls, give them a memorandum and make them understand what the issue was. In this case, it went a little out of hand,” said Shalini Thackeray, general secretary, MNS.

With the court posting the matter for hearing on Friday, another MNS leader said the arrests were “unexpected”. “All divisional heads from Mumbai, Pune and Thane have been asked to lie low,” said the leader.

From a labour contractor to a Gujarati tailor, most of the 12 protesters have prior cases against them for blackening non-Marathi signboards and indulging in vandalism.

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Arvind Gawade, 45
Commerce graduate
MNS vice president

A PWD labour contractor, Gawade has 17 prior cases against him, mostly for his role in various party protests. He was externed by Mumbai Police between 2007 and 2008 and lodged in Arthur Road Jail once.

A founder members of MNS, he operates a Krishi Dhan Vahini, where the party facilitates farm produce to be bought directly from farmers. Gawade, whose father is a former Shiv Sena corporator, has been associated with Raj Thackeray since joining the Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Sena.

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He has previously been arrested for participating in a protest in support of Marathi signboards on shops and booked last year for a protest against price rise. In 2008, he was jailed for a week for allegedly blackening the nameplate of a prominent garment store. He was also part of protests in 2015 against a banner put up by former Mumbai sheriff Nana Chudasama.

Shekhar Gawhane, 35
Commerce graduate
MNS divisional head, Colaba

A founder member of MNS, Gawhane was promoted to the post of Vibhag Adhyaksh (divisional president) recently. He has been booked for involvement in various agitations, including the one demanding Marathi signboards. Party workers say he was booked in three cases. Shekhar lives in Chira Bazar and runs a transport business.

Nishant Bala Gaikwad, 35
Commerce graduate
MNS dy divisional head, Colaba

Son of a retired assistant sub-inspector, Gaikwad has three criminal cases against him. He runs an import-export business, has been associated with MNS since 2006 and was the party’s youngest ward president. He is also a member of the Maharashtra Navnirman Navik Sena, the party’s maritime wing. He has participated in various protests, and was arrested for his role in an agitation against inflation last year.

Raju Patel, 45
Tailor
MNS dy ward president, Fort

Patel is a Gujarati who has been associated with MNS since 2006, and runs a tailoring and catering business. He was jailed for four days last year for his role in the Marathi signboard protest at the office of former Mumbai sheriff Nana Chudasama last year.

Nilesh Jadhav, 36
Commerce graduate
MNS ward president, Mandvi

Jadhav runs a salon in Chira Bazar near Metro Cinema in south Mumbai, and has two cases against him. He runs one of three Krishi Dhan Vahinis operated by MNS in Chira Bazar. He has participated in various MNS protests and spent six days in Arthur Road jail for his role in the vandalism of a south Mumbai store in 2008 over the Marathi signboard issue.

Divakar Padwal, 27
Commerce graduate
MNS ward president, Chira Bazar

Padwal runs an agri-products firm, and one prior case against him. Wednesday’s arrest was his first. Part of MNS since its inception, Padwal was president of its student wing until last year, when he was appointed ward president.

Rajesh Kombekar, 36
Businessman
MNS ward president, Masjid Bunder

Ward president since 2006, Kombekar runs a real estate business. Wednesday’s case is the first case against him.

Sachin Gangawane, 35
Businessman
MNS ex-ward president

Having joined MNS in 2008, he took part in protests but ended up on the losing side in the civic elections of 2012. He operates a transport business, and also runs a Krishi Dhan Vahini.

Srikant Goriwale, 28
Class XII
MNS ward vice president, Fort

Employed with St George Hospital, this Fort resident has two prior cases against him. A long-time party member, this is the second time he has been arrested.

Others

Rohan Chalke, Pravin Pashte and Arun Barde are vice presidents of different wards across south Mumbai.

(With inputs from Rohit Alok)

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    IslamForFools
    Oct 21, 2016 at 4:02 am
    17 year old Hindu girl is killed by acid attack by a Muslim Imran Ali in West Bengal in Nadia district. This case is worst than Nirbhaya. Acid entered her lungs through trachea as it made in her neck. She struggled in ICU for 8 days. He attacked her on Durga puja day for rejecting his filthy lewd proposal. Imran Ali , a musselman, who was already married to another woman and had 3 children. Media is keeping selective silence as victim is Hindu/ Dalit and culprit is Muslim. Hindus it could be your sister, mother, daughter, or wife. Be united, forget cast, protect our people, take revenge of Every attack on Hindus, do no mercy on enemies. Those Hindus who want mercy on enemies, treat them as enemies.
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      IslamForFools
      Oct 21, 2016 at 4:00 am
      17 year old Hindu girl is killed by acid attack by a Muslim Iran Ali in West Bengal in Nadia district. This case is worst than Nirbhaya. Acid entered her lungs through trachea as it made in her neck. Mia Ali , a musselman, who was already married to another woman and had 3 children. Media is keeping selective silence as victim is Hindu/ Dalit and culprit is Muslim. Hindus it could be your sister, mother, daughter, or wife. Be united, forget cast, protect our people, take revenge of Every attack on Hindus, do no mercy on enemies. Those Hindus who want mercy on enemies, treat them as enemies.
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        angel
        Oct 21, 2016 at 5:06 am
        what happened to the protest by MNS About the toll in Mumbai . they did survey and agitated for a while and nothing happened. So this is another tactic to fill their coffers
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          Against Sick
          Oct 21, 2016 at 12:40 am
          A question to Indian Express- when are writing a similar article criticizing leftist "patriots" in Kerala who routinely kill RSS men in broad day light and have been roaming around with state patronage? IE and their discredited leftist ilk must to wake up to the new reality of life. Gone are the days when media report was taken as the last word on any matter. People are truly empowered by the social media now and can verify any claims or criticism made by newspapers, portals etc and also understand publishers motives very well.
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            Who is
            Oct 21, 2016 at 4:58 am
            Dude Bombay belongs to all Indian so stop spreading poison of Marathies and non marathi.
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              Sriniwasan
              Oct 21, 2016 at 8:48 am
              The Creators of Shiva Sena,i.e their Godfather Congress is SILENT.RSS/BJP is using these Terror as and when it politically suits them.lt;br/gt;PM Mody says stan is the Mothership of terrorism,what about his Idealogues,RSS,SS,MNS,BD,VHP ,GRS operating with impunity in India under the State Patronage??lt;br/gt;Can the IE open up a debate and expose these terror outfits???
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                Kim Sharma
                Oct 21, 2016 at 5:28 am
                RSS lumpens and MNS goondas are spoiling Maharashtra's name. Such is the atmosphere in the country that both the right-wing groups (Hindu and Muslim) thrive and rally supporters by preaching hatred against each other. Both behave in ways that give their rival a motive to get into heinous acts. The shriller the right-wing gets, the easier it is for the rivals to garner more supporters ready for terror. Just as the Mandir agitation gave birth to counter attacks in cities, Gujarat riots gave birth to Kasabs. Why can't this principle of opposite and equal reaction be understood by us? Don't both BJP and RSS agree on spewing poison, alienating communities so that even existing India is not akhand at least in the minds of people? Don't both remind all of us about our religious/caste idenies? Don't both BJP and RSS always desire communal polarisation? Don't both like riots and riotous situations? Aren't they on the same page on making Hindus become laughing stocks by claiming Indians, not Wright Brothers, invented aeroplane? Don't both frequently remind us about 1000 yrs of gulami and thereby tell people India was never safe when Hindus ruled as is lt;br/gt;proven even now by frequent, daily attacks on the border? Don't both BJP and RSS know well they grow well only when communal tension and social unrest are the order of the day as are now? Don't both BJP and RSS teach our children that India's freedom was won by Sonus, Chotus, Kalus, Nanajis, Balus, Gopus etc? Don't they act in unison to make people, who were not even backbenchers and waterboys of Indian freedom movement, heroes?
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                  Niladrinath Mohanty
                  Oct 21, 2016 at 2:05 am
                  Many political activists are g00ns.
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