Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray is dead

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 17, 2012 14:46 hrs

Shiv Sena supremo and champion of Maratha pride Balasaheb Thackeray died on Saturday afternoon, doctors attending him said. He was 86.

The Sena patriarch died at around 3-30 pm at their residence Matoshree.

He died after a respiratory arrest, the doctor said, urging reporters to not ask uncomfortable questions to the grieving family and respect privacy.

A heavy presence of police and rapid action force were posted outside Thackeray´s house, and other parts of the city fearing law and order problems.

The Centre has provided additional security forces to Maharashtra to assist the local administration in maintaining law and order.

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