After being on the edge for over three days, the news of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray’s demise has spread to the far corners of the State. The formal announcement was made by Thackeray’s physician Dr Jalil Parkar at around 5 pm outside Matoshree.
Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut made a formal announcement that the last darshan would be at Shivaji Park on Sunday. He appealed to the Shiv Sainiks to offer their respects to the leader at Shivaji Park.
The State machinery has gone into high gear and security arrangements have been upped ahead of the last rites. Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh appealed to the masses to remain calm and to maintain peace.
Sources revealed that nearly 30 lakh supporters are expected to turn up at Shivaji Park to pay their last respects to the iconic leader.
Special arrangements for security, extra barricades, temporary shelters, security watch towers are being put in place. While extra security personnel have been roped in from the CRPF and Rapid Action force.