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Hindu leader Thackeray ailing, Mumbai unrest feared

Published on Nov 15, 2012 4:33 PM
 
In a file picture taken on April 24, 2012, Indian politician Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray attends the 'Deenanath Mangeshkar Puraskar Awards 2012' ceremony in Mumbai. Mumbai police stepped up security on on November 15, 2012, to prevent any unrest as Indian firebrand politician Bal Thackeray was reported in a "very critical" condition in hospital. -- PHOTO: AFP 

MUMBAI (AFP) - Mumbai police stepped up security on Thursday to prevent any unrest as Indian firebrand politician Bal Thackeray was reported to be in critical condition at his home in the city.

Large crowds of supporters gathered overnight outside the residence of the 86-year-old, who founded the right-wing Hindu party Shiv Sena and is widely accused of stoking ethnic and religious violence.

"We have a lot of forces on the roads. Extra measures are being taken," Mumbai police spokesman Nisar Tamboli told AFP. Security was particularly tight around Mr Thackeray's home.

President Pranab Mukherjee cancelled a visit to Mumbai on Thursday, local media said, though no official reason was given for the change in schedule.

 
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