Karni Sena volunteers to escort Kangana Ranaut from Mumbai airport amid tussle with Shiv Sena

Now, fringe outfit Karni Sena has said it will be giving protection to Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut upon her arrival in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Now, Karni Sena has volunteered to protect Kangana Ranaut upon her arrival in Mumbai. (PTI file photo)

As the tussle between Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut and Shiv Sena leaders in Maharashtra refuses to die down, fringe outfit Karni Sena has extended support towards the actor and said they will be escorting her from Mumbai airport to her home.

Jeevan Solanki of Karni Sena has said, “Karni Sena will be present at Mumbai airport on September 9 to support Kangana Ranaut. Karni Sena members will be protecting and escorting Kangana Ranaut from the airport to her home.”

“There will be a team of Karni Sena members at the airport who will take Kangana to her home with their own security. Karni Sena is taking responsibility of Kangana Ranaut’s security in Mumbai,” said Solanki, a member of the outfit.

Meanwhile, government sources have said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has granted Y category security for Kangana Ranaut ahead of her Mumbai visit amid the heated exchange she had with Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

Kangana Ranaut had recently compared Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), triggering angry reactions from the Maharashtra government and Shiv Sena leaders. Her comments came after Sanjay Raut had warned her against returning to Mumbai from her home state Himachal Pradesh.

On Sunday, the Himachal Pradesh government said the state will provide security to Kangana Ranaut and was reportedly also considering to extend the security during her upcoming visit to Mumbai. The decision was announced by Himachal Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.

Meanwhile, two separate complaints have been filed with Mumbai Police against actor Kangana Ranaut over her remark where she compared Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). While one of the complaints was submitted by Ali Kashif Khan Deshmukh, a lawyer, at Andheri police station on Friday, another was submitted at Azad Maidan police station by a city Congress functionary.

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Newcastle edge Western 1-0 in tight tussle as both chase finals dream

The Jets need to win their final match and hope that Perth and Adelaide suffer a collapse in form. Western still has it’s destiny in it’s own hands, but can ill afford too many more slip ups.

The Jets, with their season on the line, came out of the blocks quickly as they looked to impose themselves on the visitors right from the outset, pinging the ball around crisply, their midfielders and forwards looking to exert pressure and find early gaps to exploit in the Western rearguard.

Using his head: Besart Berisha gets the best of an aerial contest for Western United.Credit:Getty Images

But it was the visitors, through the lively Max Burgess, who had the first significant effort on goal, the Western forward jinking around a couple of challenges on the edge of the area before firing off a shot that forced Jets goalkeeper Lewis Italiano into a diving save.

Western’s veteran defender Andrew Durante – who earlier in his career had captained Newcastle to a grand final victory as long ago as 2008 – showed he still had plenty of pace when he got back sharply to intercept and deny Jets striker Roy O’Donovan and prevent him getting a shot on target.

Shortly afterwards O’Donovan drew the anger of the Western players – and looked lucky to avoid a card of one colour or other – when he clashed with Durante and appeared to elbow him in the head as the two chased down a through ball.

Italiano put his team under pressure with a poor pass out from the back which was intercepted by Josh Risdon. The Socceroo fullback set up Alessandro Diamanti and the former Italian international drove into the penalty area, his shot deflected to safety by Nikolai Topor Stanley.

Timely intervention: Western's Tomislav Uskok defends bravely as Newcastle's Dimi Petratos surges forward.

Timely intervention: Western’s Tomislav Uskok defends bravely as Newcastle’s Dimi Petratos surges forward.Credit:Getty Images

Sebastian Pasquali then shot over for Western while Burgess continued to run at defenders and dribble, seeking to break the lines and create space for his team mates.

Western looked threatening once again when Diamanti played a beautiful cross field pass to defender Conor Pain, the full back creating space before driving a shot which Italiano dived to parry wide.

The Jets were, however, giving as good as they got and it was the hosts who got their noses in front in the 29th minute through O’Donovan, who capped off an excellent Newcastle move.

Bernie Ibini found Jason Hoffman wide on the right with a well weighted pass, the full back floating a cross into the area which O’Donovan reached before Durante to direct a glancing header past Filip Kurto in the Western goal.

Western thought they had got back on level terms just after the half hour mark when Besart Berisha slickly converted a Connor Pain cross only for his effort to be ruled out after he had strayed offside in the build up.

The Jets had a gilt edged opportunity to double their advantage early in the second half when Hoffman rose to meet a John Koutroumbis cross only to power his header over the bar.

Both coaches rang the changes from an expanded bench, and it was two Jets substitutes, first Dimi Petratos, then another, Abdiel Arroya, who drove over and wide as the hosts looked to put clear air between themselves and their opponents.


Berisha and Jets captain Nigel Boogard had been skirmishing all evening and the niggle rose to another level 20 minutes from time when the pair clashed and Boogard was booked after he sent Berisha sprawling.

Diamanti made way for Valentino Yuel with 16 minutes left as Western coach Mark Rudan looked to vary his attacking options.

The Jets then made some history of their own when Kosta and Maki Petratos came off the bench to join Dimi – only the third time in the Australian game’s history that three brothers have played in the same game. Maki almost made it a night of even greater moment when he burst through only to see his shot well saved by Kurto.

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