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1 killed as violence erupts in Maharasthra after Raj's arrest
Mumbai, Feb 13 (PTI) One man was killed and several buses stoned and shops closed forcibly by angry activisits of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena as violence erupted in several parts of Mumbai and Maharashtra after the arrest of the party chief Raj Thackeray today.

A 55-year-old employee of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited died when he was returning home by a company bus which was stoned by suspected MNS workers at a place about 30km from near Nasik, police said.

The dead identified as Ambadas Haribhau Dharrao was a resident of Indira Nagar in Nasik.

Over 40 incidents of stone-pelting were reported in Nasik and six MNS activists, including its Nasik unit President Nitin Bhosale, were arrested.

Incidents of stone pelting on buses and damage to property have been reported from Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune and Parbhani as well, state police control said.

Police have received at least ten calls of stone pelting in Mumbai, a majority of them from north west suburbs, police said, adding three persons were arrested for shutting down shops.

Majority of the shops in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune and Nasik downed their shutters following Raj's arrest. In Navi Mumbai, a "mini-bandh" was witnessed as many establishments were closed.

Office employees in Mumbai left for home earlier than their usual time, apprehending violence.

Police had arrested nearly 1,800 people as preventive measure ahead of the MNS chief's arrest.

In Parbhani, Marathwada region, suspected MNS workers pelted stones at seven ST buses, taking the number of buses damaged in the town since yesterday has gone up to 20.

ST authorities, which had stopped plying the buses for some time after the violence, have resumed operations, an official said over phone from Parbhani.

In Latur, stone-pelting was reported from areas like Shivaji Chowk and Subhash Chowk.

In Aurangabad, there were incidents of stone-pelting on some buses in the evening.

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