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MNS workers vandalise toll booths across Maharashtra

Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers on Monday went on a rampage, vandalising toll plazas in various parts of the state following their leader’s diktat not to pay the levy and ‘thrash’ those who raise a voice against it. The vandalism invited condemnation from the state’s ruling Congress-NCP alliance and demand for action against MNS.

‘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 exhorted his party workers at a function in Navi Mumbai on Sunday night. Hours later, they were on streets, pulling down barriers and unleashing violence. Thakre said the decision to levy toll for using various roads and bridges was taken by the Shiv Sena-BJP government for projects taken up on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis, he added.

Six toll booths were ransacked in Thane. MNS legislator Pravin Darekar and at least 25 of his supporters were detained at Dahisar after party workers attacked a toll plaza.
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