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SP asks Raj Thackeray to close Pakistan embassy before threatening actors

The MNS on Friday had given an ultimatum to Pakistan artists working in India to leave the country within the next 48 hours or risk being beaten up.

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MNS chief Raj Thackeray. (Express photo By Deepak joshi)

Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi took on MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday over his party’s ultimatum to Pakistan artistes to leave India.

Azmi challenged Thackeray to first shut down the Pakistan embassy in New Delhi. “We must retaliate against Pakistan but that does not mean that we threaten artistes who have come here with proper documentation. Raj Thackeray should first try to shut down the Pakistan embassy in Delhi before he targets common people,” said Azmi. Azmi claimed that the actors were being threatened as an attempt to extort money out of them.

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The MNS on Friday had given an ultimatum to Pakistan artists working in India to leave the country within the next 48 hours or risk being beaten up.

“When our soldiers are being killed on the borders by Pakistan, why should we host their actors here? We warn all Pakistan actors to leave India in the next 48 hours. If they do not do so, MNS activists will go to the places where they are shooting and give them a thrashing,” MNS Chitrapat Karmachari Sena president Ameya Khopkar had said.

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Azmi and the MNS have a history of conflict after the SP MLA was beaten up by MNS MLAs in the Maharashtra Legislature for refusing to take his oath as member of the state assembly in Marathi.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police have sent a notice under Section 149 (CrPC) to Khopkar over his threat to the Pakistan actors.

Secton 149 of the Criminal Procedure Code empowers the police to take preventive action to stop a crime.

Milind Idekar, Senior Inspector of Mahim police station, has communicated to Khopkar that he faces legal action if he violates the notice. Khopkar’s statements, the police said, may lead to the commission of a criminal offence.

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