Mumbai: Bal Thackeray, god father of Mumbai was laid to rest today. He passed away in Mumbai yesterday at the age of 86. Bal Thackeray was hero of extremist Hindu warriors who are growing in number in India especially in Mumbai. He was undoubtedly the biggest hate monger in India. He and his party Shiv Sena had only one agenda i.e. spread hate in the community. Bal Thackeray was an icon of fear in Mumbai for minorities especially Muslims.
Mumbai witnessed a complete shutter down today partly as a token of respect and partly out of fear. Hundreds of thousands of people thronged Shivaji Park to catch a last glimpse of him. His body was taken out of his residence “Matosharee” in Mumbai for last rites to be performed in Shivaji Park. Funeral procession made a stopover at Sena Bhavan, part headquarter of Shiv Sena.
Shivaji Park was very special BAL Thackeray as addressed large public gathering at the venue for nearly four decades since 1966. Party workers of Shiv Sena travelled from across Maharashtra to be part of last rites. Apart from Shivaji park people in large numbers thronged roadsides, flyovers and galleries of their edifices to have a last a glimpse of the deceased Sena leader.
Bal Thackeray was especially anti Pakistan and took every opportunity to spread hate between two countries. He always hurled threats at visiting delegations from Pakistan especially Pakistan Cricket Team.
Security was beefed up in and around his residence and Shivaji Park. Vehicular traffic was completely banned in the area and Shiv Sena workers formed a human chain to ensure that funeral procession pass smoothly. Maharashtra authorities advised people to stay at home and come out of their homes in extreme emergency only.
Maharashtra state government announced to accord state protocol to the funeral procession. Large number of Government and Showbiz dignitaries including Manohar Joshi, Diwakar Raote, Sanjay Raut, Neelam Gorhe, Vinayak Raut, Anil Desai, Subhash Desai, senior BJP leader Gopinath Mundey and scores of others participated in his last rites.