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Bandra- Worli sea link vandalized by MNS

Bandra- Worli sea link

MNS workers today vandalised a toll plaza at the iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link, even as the state’s police chief said their leader Raj Thackeray’s “provocative” speech that triggered the violence

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena

Mumbai: MNS workers today vandalised a toll plaza at the iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link, even as the state’s police chief said their leader Raj Thackeray’s “provocative” speech that triggered the violence was being examined.

Assistant Commissioner of Police S Kolekar said, After getting a information, police take immediately action and arrested a representative of municipal assembly Kaptan Malik and 16 supporters.

MNS workers have attacked over 20 toll collection centres in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Jalna and Aurangabad since the Sunday night speech of Thackeray in Navi Mumbai where he asked them not to pay the levy and “thrash” those who demand.

“Aadve aale tar tudvun kadha” (if anyone raises a voice, thrash them). Unless you are told why toll is being levied, no one will pay,” Thackeray had said. Party MLA Pravin Darekar and 31 of his supporters were yesterday arrested and later released on bail for attacking a booth at Dahisar.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had warned of stern action against those indulging in violence. State Congress chief Manikrao Thakre had demanded action not only against those directly involved in the violence but also those who incited it.

MNS has been damanding that toll collection be done away with as the government is continuing with the practice despite recovery of the cost involved in constructing roads and bridges without providing improved facilities.

On January 16, a MNS legislator was among 20 people arrested for allegedly vandalising a toll booth in Dombivili township of Thane district.

Earlier, suspected Shiv Sena activists had vandalized four toll booths in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur city on January 12.

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