Four toll booths vandalised in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur
Suspected Shiv Sena activists on Sunday vandalised four toll booths in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur city as the agitation against toll collection on nine roads in the city took a violent turn.
Shiv Sena has called a bandh in Kolhapur on Monday against the toll collection.
Police said in Kolhapur, about 400 km from Mumbai, that they have detained some of the protesters who ransacked the booths. Shiv Sena workers are being blamed for the attack. There is no report of anybody having been injured during the attack on booths, police said.
Some protesters vandalised the office of IRB Infrastructure Developers, a private company, which manages the toll booths on nine roads leading to the city.
As the protests showed no signs of abating, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan appealed to the agitators to remain calm.
‘I am monitoring the situation in Kolhapur. I am keeping a watch on it. Law and order situation should not be disturbed. We are trying to find a way out (over the toll issue),’ Chavan told reporters in Mumbai. ‘A discussion on the issue was held two days back and there is a possibility of finding a way out,’ he said.
Kolhapur guardian minister and state co-operative minister Harshawardhan Patil said the situation is tense but under control. ‘The real issue is to cancel the collection of toll there,’ he said.
The city residents have been agitating against the toll collection at the booths on nine roads for the last three years.
About dozen members of anti-toll action committee launched a hunger strike six days ago, saying that they would not call it off unless the toll collection was stopped.