Taking law and order into his own hands is not something new for Rajan Vichare, the Shiv Sena MP from Thane who force-fed a Muslim catering supervisor to break his Ramzan fast at Maharashtra Sadan last week. In the last 25 years, around 24 cases have been registered against the senior Sena leader in various police stations of Thane.
Defending his recent act, Vichare said, "I was protesting against the quality of food at Maharashtra Sadan." Later, Vichare was forced to apologise and issued a statement saying, “I regret if anyone's religious sentiments were hurt. I did not know that the employee was a Muslim. I respect all religions and have even attended roza as well as iftar parties. The real responsibility is of Resident Commissioner Bipin Mallick, as we have to go to Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh bhawans to eat food.”
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Out of 24 cases, 9 registered cases are of serious charges ranging from rioting, criminal intimidation, rioting armed with deadly weapons, unlawful assembly, assault and deterring government official from discharging duty, intentional insult in order to provoke breach of peace and also one pertaining to the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act (MOFA), according to the affidavit he filed before the elections. The cases are registered in Thane Nagar, Wagle estate, Navpada, Kalwa and Kapurbawdi police station.
In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, Vichare was contesting against Sanjeev Naik of the NCP and Abhijeet Pansare of the MNS. Vichare, a four-time MP from Thane and also the Mayor of Thane Municipal Corporation in 2006, won the election by a margin of 2.86 lakh votes.
Shiv Sena is the sixth largest party in the Parliament with 18 Lok Sabha seats.