Pune: Activists of Shiv Sena and NCP on Thursday clashed here during a demonstration staged by the latter to condemn an editorial in the saffron outfit`s mouthpiece that allegedly carried derogatory remarks against Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.
The trouble started when Sena workers tried to prevent NCP activists from burning copies of Sena mouthpiece `Saamna` at a city square, leading to friction between the two groups
and intervention by police.
The activists dispersed after mild cane-charge by the police.
According to Sena Pune unit chief Nana Wadekar, about 25 party workers were detained by police, who used force to disperse the agitators.
The NCP demonstration was in response to the protest staged by Sena workers here on Tuesday in which an effigy of Pawar was burnt in reaction to his comments on Bal Thackeray, questioning the Sena chief`s contribution to society.
Pawar, a senior NCP leader and nephew of party chief Sharad Pawar, had recently alleged in Ahmednagar that Thackeray was exploiting the emotional appeal associated with
the name of Maratha warrior king Shivaji for political mileage.