MNS workers vandalise shops sans Marathi boards

  • | Saturday | 2nd December, 2023

Pune: The Pune police arrested nine Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers for creating ruckus and damaging shops allegedly for not putting up Marathi nameplates on JM Road, Tilak Road, and other areas on Friday.Ajay Shinde, city head of the party, said that they found branded shops ignoring the Supreme Court guidelines on nameplates and staged protests at such stores.The party workers said that they would intensify protests if the shop owners failed to comply with the guidelines. The party leaders demonstrated on Friday in the Deccan Gymkhana area as well. They formed groups, visited various places, and sloganeered outside such shops.We have arrested nine out of 30 MNS workers on the charge of damaging signboards in five shops falling under the Deccan Gymkhana and Vishrambaug police stations. They are booked for rioting and mischief under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Maharashtra Police Act. We are establishing the identities of the workers who were involved and on the run. We will arrest them at the earliest, deputy commissioner of police (zone 1) Sandeep Singh Gill said.Earlier, during his visit to Pune, MNS chief Raj Thackeray raised questions with the state government pertaining to the failure to enforce Marathi nameplates on shops.Ajay Shinde said that they would be happy if shops complied with the order. If shops fail to act, the party will respond in its own style. Shopkeepers should not ignore Marathi nameplates, he said.Recently, the Pune Municipal Corporation, following the steps of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), issued guidelines for the installation of Marathi nameplates on shops. The city civic body directed ward officers to monitor shops and fine them for violations.We also published the following articles recentlyBMC notices to 176 shops over inadequate Marathi signageThe BMC inspected 3,269 shops and establishments across Mumbai and initiated action against 176 for not complying with the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments Act. Inspection reports were issued under the amended Act of 2022 and will be taken to court. The maximum penalty under section 29 is Rs 2,000 per employee and Rs 1 lakh per establishment. The BMC action follows a Supreme Court order to adhere to signboard rules, including displaying name boards in Marathi.BMC to crack whip on shops if names not in Marathi from next wkStarting November 28, the BMC will take action against shops in Mumbai that have not displayed their nameplates in Marathi. A team of officers from the shops and establishments department in each ward will enforce this order. The state cabinet approved an amendment to the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments Act so that even shops with fewer than 10 workers must have Marathi nameplates. Non-compliant shops will face legal action and a fine of Rs 2,000 per worker.Black Friday shopping: US President Joe Biden buys a bookThe "Black Friday" shopping event this year offered deeper discounts due to economic uncertainties and persistent inflation. Retailers provided incentives like champagne and virtual reality experiences to attract cautious customers. Following "Black Friday," the retail industry prepares for "Cyber Monday". Amidst global attention on hostages released by Hamas, US President Biden engaged in Black Friday shopping in Nantucket. He addressed the nation about the hostage crisis and expressed hope for their release. Hunter Biden, facing gun and tax charges, joined his father for shopping. President Biden purchased the book Democracy Awakening during the outing.

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