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Tight vigil, curbs in place at ED office ahead of Pawar visit 

Mumbai, September 27

Police have imposed prohibitory orders outside the Enforcement Directorate’s office here ahead of NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s planned visit to the agency office on Friday, while the opposition party claimed police had started detaining its workers.

A large number of police personnel had been deployed and roads leading to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office at Ballard Pier of South Mumbai had been closed in view of Pawar’s visit, police said on Friday morning.

The former Union minister, named in a money-laundering case by the ED in connection with a scam at Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank, has said he would visit the ED office at Ballard Pier in South Mumbai even though it had not summoned him yet.

“Honourable @PawarSpeaks Saheb will visit ED office at 2 pm. Workers will be present in big number in his support.

“But the police started detaining workers since yesterday night. We are people who believe in law and order.  

“This suppression is not right. Condemnation!” NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik tweeted.

NCP workers had staged protests in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra when the ED named Pawar in the case earlier this week.

Anticipating similar protests on Friday, orders prohibiting movement of groups of people under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure had been imposed outside the ED office, a police official said on Thursday night.

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