Mumbai: Unapologetic, even proud of having slapped a 65-year-old, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporator Nitin Nikam called the brutal assault on the helpless municipal corporation employee 'justice MNS style'. And it took the police more than 24 hours after the shocking pictures were aired to arrest Nikam. He was later released on bail.
The MNS, quite well-known for its use of violence as part of its brand of vigilante justice, claimed party chief Raj Thackeray did not approve of the assault but did not promise any action either.
Party leader Bala Nandgaonkar said, "Saheb (Raj Thackeray) didn't like it, MNS doesn't approve of it but the fact remains that contractors don't do their job despite taking public money."
While the MNS has been criticised for repeatedly taking the law into its hands, the Maharashtra government more often not has been a mute spectator, displaying no political will to resolve such cases.