The city police claim to have taken all possible measures to ensure that the city functions smoothly and the common man doesn't suffer due to the statewide rasta roko announced by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray. However, the police were noncommittal when asked whether any action would be taken against Thackeray if his party workers indulge in any violence.
Speaking on the issue, joint commissioner of police, administration, Hemant Nagrale, who also holds the additional charge of Mumbai police commissioner, said, "We are anticipating instances of stone pelting and vandalism and to deal with this. Legal steps have been taken."
He added the police are prepared to tackle any situation and any lawbreakers will be dealt with firmly. The police department has also cancelled leaves of the force so that they can be put on bandobast duty.
"There is a big challenge ahead of us to keep the city normal and to ensure people do not have to suffer because of the agitation. The HSC examination has also commenced, and I would like to ask the agitators to ensure that students do not suffer. Also, the police will make sure students reach their examination centres safely and there is smooth flow of traffic," Nagrale said.
Asked whether any action would be taken against Raj Thackeray if party workers indulge in any violence, Nagrale said, "Every person has the constitution right to hold a peaceful agitation. However, if there is any violation of the law, we will deal with the situation as it develops."