Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers on Tuesday evening disrupted the shooting of a film at Aksa beach to protest against foreign dancers working in the film. They claimed the dancers did not have valid work permits. Later,16 MNS workers were arrested on charges of rioting.
The MNS workers had earlier in the day lodged a complaint against the foreign artistes with the Malwani police station.
Satish Chawathe,an MNS worker,said,We had information that around 20-25 foreign artistes were working in the movie without any work permit. After sending a letter of complaint to the police,we went to the spot in the afternoon and demanded that the shooting be halted. The police reached the place,but instead of checking the documents of the foreign artistes,they started accusing us of rioting. They took both parties to the police station.
According to the police,the MNS had sent a letter of complaint to them but were arrested since they took the law into their own hands. Further,the foreigners appeared to have necessary work permits when checked,the police added.
Additional Commissioner of Police (North Region) Ramrao Pawar said,Sixteen MNS workers have been arrested for rioting. There seemed no problem with the work permits of foreigners but if any discrepancy is found action will be taken against them too.
Choreographer and director of the upcoming movie,Angel,Ganesh Acharya said,I was choreographing a song when the MNS workers disrupted the shoot. All our artistes have valid work permits.