Mumbai, Feb 13: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, who was briefly detained by the Maharashtra police for the toll booth row, met chief minister Prithviraj Chavan over the same. Demanding the closure of 22 toll booths, the MNS chief justified the party's protests against the toll tax saying that it was unfair for the commuters as the roads and the transport systems are in very bad shape.
The chief minister in return assured Thackeray that the final draft for the new toll booth policy has been prepared and would be out soon.
On Wednesday, MNS workers including the women's wing stormed the roads, highways and the toll plazas in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Raigad and Nashik, vandalising them. The attempt was to halt the morning rush, but for the quick action of the Mumbai police that the attempt failed.
Both public and private transport were targetted in Pune, Aurangabad and other areas, forcing the police to resort to lathicharge. Approximately 12,000 MNS workers were detained across Maharashtra as a precautionary measure. The incidents took place after Thackeray, in a rally, said that people should not pay tolls. He, however ensured that educational institutes would be spared in view of exams.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers during a protest against toll tax on Pune-Bangaluru National Highway in Karad, Maharashtra on Wednesday.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray is released at the RCF Police Station in Mumbai on Wednesday. Thackeray was arrested for agitating against toll tax.
MNS supporters vandalise a truck during a protest against toll tax at Thane in Mumbai on Wednesday.
A MNS supporter trying to overturn an autorickshaw during a protest against toll tax at Thane in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Police arrest MNS supporters for agitating against toll tax near Dahisar toll plaza in Mumbai on Wednesday.
MNS party supporters block traffic at Eastern Express highway during a protest against toll tax in Mumbai on Wednesday.