When Bal Thackeray preferred peace over violence

MN Singh (Former Mumbai Police Commissioner)’s first encounter with Bal Thackeray was in 1994, when the then chief minister deputed him to stop a march by Thackeray and his supporters. Bal Thackeray had threatened to make a “Khoon Ki Nadi (River of Blood) if his march was stopped. The police officer quickly issued an order banning Thackeray’s entry into Marathwada, and cautioned him that he would be arrested if he violated the order. But the Tiger did not relent. Singh then deputed two of his officers and a massive force to halt Thackeray’s convoy. “Balasaheb took the copy of the order from the officers and cancelled the march,” Singh said.

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