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MNS ‘rasta roko’: Raj Thackeray arrested, party workers detained

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Raj Thackeray was today arrested at suburban Chembur here as the state-wide ‘rasta roko’ against toll plazas called by the party began with several protesters being taken into custody for disrupting traffic

rajMumbai: MNS chief Raj Thackeray was today arrested at suburban Chembur here as the state-wide ‘rasta roko’ against toll plazas called by the party began with several protesters being taken into custody for disrupting traffic at many places across the state.

Raj Thackeray, who left his home in Dadar in central Mumbai at about 10 AM, was stopped in Chembur and arrested by police while he was heading towards the Vashi toll booth. He had planned to lead the road blockade at the Vashi toll plaza.

According to police, Raj was taken in a police van along with his party workers.

Police took MNS workers into custody at several places including Pune, Ahmednagar and Vasai.Tyres were burnt in Thane, while in Pune MNS workers deflated tyres of some vehicles.

The stir has commenced despite police serving a notice to Raj warning against participating in the agitation.

Undeterred by the notice, Thackeray, whose supporters vandalized scores of toll plazas across the state over the last fortnight, said traffic on the state highways was stopped from 9 AM.

PTI

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