In a bizarre incident in Thane, a 28-year-old Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) worker allegedly committed suicide by setting himself on fire on Tuesday after he went under depression. The alleged reason for his depression is an Enforcement Directorate notice to party chief Raj Thackeray calling him for questioning on Thursday.
After ED sent a notice to Raj Thackeray for questioning, Thane MNS worker Pravin Chowgule, put over 1,000 posts on Facebook against the probe agency and in favour of the party chief. Pravin was reportedly tense thinking about Raj Thackeray's fate and was discussing the same with his close friends
Pravin worked with a private firm and was a diehard fan of MNS chief Raj Thackeray, police said.
Pravin Chowgule before committing suicide met his friends and continuously spoke about what would happen to Raj Thackeray during his questioning by ED.
Pravin was so angry at the probe agency that in one of the 1,000 posts he said, if any ED official comes to Raj Thackeray's residence I will burn them with bidi".
Avinash Jadhav, an MNS leader in Thane said, Pravin was one of the biggest fans of Raj saheb. Wherever there would be Raj saheb's rally, he would paint his body in MNS colours.
"Pravin would be in the forefront for party work. When I came to know about the incident, I rushed to his house. He had suffered 85 per cent burns. We immediately took him to a hospital but he was declared brought dead. This is extremely shocking. I request MNS followers not to take such extreme steps. Everything will happen according to the law. Raj saheb has done nothing wrong, nothing will happen to him, Avinash Jadhav said.
Even though party workers and close friends have established that Pravin was very upset since Raj Thackeray was called for questioning by ED, the police, however, have not ascertained the exact reason behind the suicide as no suicide note was found from the scene.