INDIA: Magazine office in Prabhadevi ransacked

Six men barge into 'Society' magazine's office, throw computers off tables, break windows, and shout slogans about Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray

The Times of India
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

By Nimish Sawant

Mumbai --- The office of Society magazine at Prabhadevi was on Monday ransacked by a group of six unidentified men, ostensibly because they were upset with an article about Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in its August issue.

This is the second instance of a publishing house being attacked by workers of a political party this year.

According to the Dadar police, two men entered the premises of Magna Publishing house, which publishes the magazine, at 3.45 pm under the pretext of meeting the editorial staff. Soon, around four more persons joined them.

"They barged into the office on the fifth floor and threw computers off the table, broke the windows glass panes. Then they came downstairs and took out some saffron flags shouting slogans such as 'Jai Shivaji, Jai Bhawani', saying something to do with Balasaheb before fleeing," said an employee of Magna. While fleeing, they again threw a huge flower pot on the glass wall of the reception hall. No officials of Society magazine were available for comment as they were busy recording their statements at the Dadar police station.

Zonal deputy commissioner of police (Zone 5) Milind Bharambe said, "The identity of the accused is not yet established. Prima facie, it appears that they were Sainiks. We are just recording the statements. We have registered a case of rioting, trespassing and wrongful assembly and causing damages."