MNS activists burn ‘made-in-Pakistan’ spices in Navi Mumbai
After campaigning for a ban on Pakistani artistes, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists trained their guns on packets of spices manufactured in the neighbouring country that were reportedly being sold to customers in Navi Mumbai.
MNS workers have staged several protests since the dastardly Pulwama attack on February 14, in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were martyred.
The activists had got a tip-off that a shop in Sanpada was selling packets of spices that are made in Karachi, following which they visited the place on Sunday.
“Our activists first visited the shop concerned and purchased packets of spices which were found to be manufactured in Pakistan and being sold in Maharashtra,” said Navi Mumbai MNS secretary Shrikant Mane.
Mane said the activists took out the packets of spices from the shop and set them on fire. They also warned the owner of the shop against selling Pakistani spices.
“We are submitting letters to the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) here asking it not to allow any local merchant to sell Pakistani spices,” Mane added.
In the wake of the attack, India has revoked the most favoured nation (MFN) status accorded to Pakistan. Several farmers’ unions have also decided against exporting their produce to the neighbouring country.