MNS Leaders Suspect Pune Man's Nationality, Allegedly Harass Him

A Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader said some suspicious residents were brought to the police station in Pune and were released after inquiry.

MNS Leaders Suspect Pune Man's Nationality, Allegedly Harass Him

Some people were brought to the police station and their credentials were verified. (Representational)

Pune:

A day after the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) launched a "drive" against suspected illegal Bangladeshis in Pune, a person from a minority community on Sunday filed a complaint with the police alleging that some workers of the party barged into his house and harassed him.

The alleged incident happened on Saturday.

"Upon suspicion that some people living in the area were illegal Bangladeshi nationals, we asked the police to inquire... The suspicious residents were then brought to the police station. They were released after an inquiry in the evening," an MNS leader said.

A senior police officer said that when the MNS workers were on their way to the area, police marshals also went there. "Police brought some persons the MNS claimed to be Bangladeshis to the police station and verified their credentials. We found that none of them was an illegal migrant," he said.

However, one of them alleged that some workers of the MNS had barged into his house and labelled him as a Bangladeshi national though he hailed from West Bengal, he said.

"I tried to convince them that I am not a Bangladeshi. I am an Indian citizen and showed them all the documents, but they did not listen to me and later took me to the police station," the man said.

"Police verified all my documents and also spoke to my relatives in West Bengal," he said.

The man filed a complaint application with Sahakar Nagar police station seeking action against MNS workers.

Addressing a rally of MNS workers in Mumbai on February 9, MNS chief Raj Thackeray demanded eviction of illegal Pakistani and Bangladeshi "infiltrators" from India.

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