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    No pressure on Govt to arrest Thackeray: CM

    Mumbai (PTI): Rejecting that charge that it acted under pressure to arrest MNS chief Raj Thackeray, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Tuesday said nobody was above the law and warned that anyone indulging in violence will be dealt with sternly.

    "There has been no pressure on the government to arrest Raj Thackeray. No one is above the law. Do you want the government to be a spectator ?" he asked.

    Noting that many MNS activists have been arrested from across Maharashtra, Deshmukh said, "Once we decide to take action, some precautionary steps have to be taken by the police and they have been taken. There have been reports of minor incidents of violence. Those indulging in violence will be dealt with strictly".

    Thackeray was arrested early today from Ratnagiri in connection with the attacks on north Indian candidates appearing for a railway recruitment examination on Sunday. The MNS has alleged that the Maharashtra Government has acted at the behest of the Centre in arrested its leader.

    "We have deployed SRP companies in various towns. So I don't think there is any problem," he said while asking Mumbaikars to go ahead with their routine life.

    "It is no problem. There is no question of any fear," the Chief Minister said.

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