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MNS workers beat up multiplex staffer, Marathi actor applauds them

The party workers were holding placards questioning the high prices of the snacks and beverages.

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A group of party workers belonging to politician Raj Thackeray’s MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) barged into Pune’s PVR Icon to protest against the high priced food items in multiplexes and in the process beat up the assistant manager last evening. They were holding placards questioning the prices of the snacks and beverages.

The party workers were arrested a few hours ago. They include former corporator Kishore Shinde, vice-president of MNS Chitrapat Karmachari Sena Ramesh Pardeshi, other party members, Sagar Pathak, Anand Kundoor, Chetan Dhotre, Narendra Tamboli and others.

In a video clip that has gone viral on WhatsApp, local leader Shinde started off by shaming the assistant manager Vinod Kumar Mali for not knowing to read Marathi and threatened to slap him if he didn't to read the language.

Once they barged in, Shinde and others showered a series of slaps on Mali as he tried explaining the reason for high food and snack prices in their multiplex. Shinde was also heard saying on camera, “Go ahead and sue me.”

“The MNS workers carried placards stating why popcorn was being sold for Rs250 and why vada pav was being charged at Rs100. They further beat up the assistant manager, Vinod Mali when he attempted to explain. Based on Mali’s complaint, we have lodged an FIR against Shinde and 10 other MNS workers for rioting, physical assault and unlawful assembly under the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” inspector Dayanand Dhome told The Hindu.

In a latest update, Marathi film and theatre actor Pravin Tarde has applauded Shinde and others for their acts in a Facebook post.

Yesterday, the Bombay high court rebuked the government of Maharashtra over the prices of snacks at multiplexes and asked them to see if it can be regulated.

A part of the video that has gone viral: