After being arrested in Mumbai on Saturday, Member of Parliament Navneet Rana and her husband MLA Ravi Rana spent the night in lock-up reciting the Hanuman Chalisa over and over again.
Taking to Twitter, the couple accused the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray of lodging a false case against them after they called off their plan to chant the Hanuman Chalisa outside his private residence, Matoshree.
“Under pressure from Uddhav Thackeray, we were arrested in a false case and while in Santa Cruz jail, we recited the Hanuman Chalisa 101 times all night,” the MP-MLA couple said in identical tweets in Marathi on their Twitter handles.
The Mumbai Police on Saturday evening arrested the Ranas for allegedly “creating enmity between different groups” over their repeated threats to recite the Hanuman Chalisa outside Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s home.
Earlier this month, Ravi Rana had demanded that Thackeray, who heads the Shiv Sena, recite the Hanuman Chalisa at his residence on Hanuman Jayanti, and announced that if the chief minister did not do so, he would go to Matoshree and recite it.
After announcing that they would head to Matoshree on Saturday, the Ranas backtracked and cancelled their plan so as not to create any law and order situation ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mumbai on Sunday.
However, an FIR was registered at Khar police station and the couple was placed under arrest. They were later shifted to Santa Cruz police station, where they spent the night.
The Ranas were booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 153 (A) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), and section 135 of the Mumbai Police Act (violation of prohibitory orders of police).
The police later also added IPC section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) in the FIR registered against the duo.