Mumbai:  An FIR has been registered against MNS secretary Shirish Sawant and others for allegedly taking out procession from Girgaum till Azad Maidan here without police permission, cops said.

However, police parried a question when asked if Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray's name was also included in the list of others.

"MNS general secretary Shirish Sawant and others were booked at D B Marg police station under section 37 (1) and 135 of the Bombay Police Act for carrying out procession without permission," a police officer said.

Defying the Mumbai police, which refused him permission for a rally from Girgaum Chowpatty to Azad Maidan, MNS chief Raj

Thackeray led his supporters' march against August 11 violence during a demonstration against alleged atrocities on Muslims in Assam and Myanmar.

Though the MNS had got permission for a public meeting at Azad Maidan, police did not give a go-ahead to the party's march from Girgaum Chowpatty apprehending breach of peace.

The police, however, did not make any attempt to detain either Thackeray or his supporters when they assembled in thousands at the Chowpatty for the march.


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