Workers of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) thrashed a North Indian vegetable vendor for allegedly not allowing a farmer from Nashik to sell his vegetables in the Amrutnagar area of Ghatkopar (West). The incident was seen as MNS’s attempt to play the ‘Marathi Manoos’ card ahead of civic polls next year.
According to police, vendors in the area objected to Balkrishna Garad, a farmer from Lasalgaon in Nashik, parking his vehicle on the road to sell vegetables. Subsequently, Garad, on the advice of locals, approached Ganesh Bhagat, the MNS department head of the area.
Bhagat, along with some party activists, later went to the spot and confronted the vendors. “The state government has come out with a resolution allowing farmers to sell their produce. Then, the state government should also provide the protection to the farmers,” said an MNS leader.
Police booked five persons, including MNS workers but they were released on bail Thursday, said a police official.