Cops Serve Notice To MLA Navneet Rana and Wife, Over Decision Of Reciting Hanuman Chalisa Outside Matoshree

Mumbai: On Friday, a notice was served to on MP Navneet Rana and her husband MLA Ravi Rana by police. On Thursday, Ravi Rana had announced that he was firm on his plan to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside ‘Matoshree’, the private residence of Thackeray, who is also the president of the Shiv Sena.

Under section 149 of the Code Of Criminal Procedure, the couple was sent the notice. The section allows the police to take steps to prevent cognizable offences.

On Friday morning the Ranas arrived in Mumbai. Since then, Shiv Sena workers have gathered at various locations in Mumbai, including Matoshree, daring the Rana couple to venture near Matoshree.

According to police, the Ranas were residing at their Khar residence. DCP of Zone 9 Manjunath Shenge served the notice on the Rana couple to prevent a law-and-order issue. The police has said that the Rana couple will be held responsible if the law-and-order situation is disturbed.

Shiv Sena workers assumed that Ranas would arrive by train. So, they all stationed outside the CST station in Mumbai. But Ranas choose to travel by plane.

Outside Matoshree, Shiv Sainiks gathered to prevent the couple from entering. They arrived at the Nandgiri guesthouse, where Navneet and Ravi Rana were staying. Outside the guesthouse, Shiv Sainiks were chanting Hanuman Chalisa.

To avoid any mishaps or untoward incidents, police has been deployed outside Matoshree. Moreover, there was heavy police deployment when Rana and his wife reached their residence in Khar area.

There is no news of Ranas backing out from their call. More than 500 activists are likely to accompany them, and planning to chant Hanuman Chalisa. Ravi Rana had challenged the Chief Minister to recite Hanuman Chalisa, failing which he would come and recite it in front of Matoshri.

An independent MLA from Badnera in Amravati district, Rana had extended his support to the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP-Sena government in 2014-19.

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