MNS workers vandalise toll plazas on Raj Thackerey's guidelines, ask people not to pay tolls

Monday, 27 January 2014 - 10:37am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Web Team
Police officials across the state are put on emergency duties after MNS supremo Raj Thackerey threatened to create ruckus at toll plazas if the toll fees are charged in any part of Maharashtra.
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Two FIR's have been filed and an MLA has been arrested for creating ruckus and vandalising toll booths In parts of Maharashtra. 

Raj Thackeray reiterated his stand and said that the protest would not be called off at any cost. 

Police officials across the state are put on emergency duties after MNS supremo Raj Thackerey threatened to create ruckus at toll plazas if the toll fees are charged in any part of Maharashtra. 

Weeks ago, toll booths in Kolhapur and Dombivali in Thane were attacked by workers of various political parties and MNS has taken a stand against the payment of toll fares from a long time. 

MNS supremo Raj Thackeray has told his party men on Sunday, "I am ordering my workers to ensure that no toll tax is charged at any booth in Maharashtra. If anyone asks for toll tax, then phod dijiye, pitiye (attack, thrash them). Then whatever happens, happens."

On the lines of it, toll plazas in Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai were attacked by MNS workers as per TV reports. 

He has been campaigning against toll collection, alleging mismanagement of funds by the state government and lack of accountability. He accused contractors of overcharging citizens and showing lower profits to justify prolonged toll collection.

In 2012, his workers had attacked and damaged toll booths across Maharashtra and urged people not to pay any toll as it was a mismanagement of funds. 

The island city of Mumbai has five major entry points, which generate an estimated Rs.2 billion anually from toll collections and many complaints have been raised even by citizens over the continual payment of tolls witjout improvement in services at any point of time. 


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