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Nov 17, 2012 at 07:41pm IST

Bal Thackeray dead: Shiv Sena, Mumbai Police appeal for peace, shops down shutters

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena urged people to maintain peace and stay calm after the death of party chief Bal Thackeray, who breathed his last at 3.30 pm on Saturday. Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that Thackeray's body would be kept for 'darshan' at Shivaji Park ground in central Mumbai on Sunday. He also asked party workers to not gather at Matoshree - Bal Thackeray's residence in Mumbai.

Shops in several areas shut down as the news of Thackeray's death spread. People were stranded in several areas as many taxis and auto rickshaws also went off road.

Mumbai police said that over 20,000 police personnel had been deployed across the Maharashtra capital to avoid any law-and-order problem. Maharashtra has been put on high alert for the next 24 hours.

Thackeray dead: Sena, police appeal for peace, shops down shutters

Over 20,000 police personnel had been deployed across the Maharashtra capital to avoid any law-and-order problem.

Sanjay Raut added that the party workers would be able to pay last respects to the Shiv Sena supremo from 7.00 am on Sunday at Shivaji Park. "People should maintain peace and should not lose calm. We should carry on the thoughts of Shiv Sena chief," Raut said.

Shivaji Park was the place where the very first rally of Shiv Sena was held, and where Thackeray held his annual Dussehra rallies year after year. This year, however, he had not been able to attend the event because of ill-health.

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