Zee Media Bureau/Kamna Arora
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena is on Wednesday holding protests across the state against collection of toll on roads and highways. Following are the highlights of the agitation:
R R Patil says, “There is a limit of agitation. MNS should not take law in their hand.”
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"There is no need to destroy public property. Elections are coming, and they want to play politics. They should not create inconvenience to the public. But they should have discussion on this, and not become violent. We are discussing the toll policy, and accordingly we will decide," he said.
"A person from the state government was in touch with me on the phone requesting me to call off the stir," the MNS leader had said yesterday.
A similar protest near `Amritanjan` bridge along the highway disrupted vehicular traffic temporarily, police said, adding that a heavy bandobast has been put at various points in the city leading to highways where the toll collection booths are set up.
Security has also been beefed up at the 145 toll collection booths across the state.
In the past few weeks, activists purportedly of the MNS vandalised several toll booths in places like Kolhapur, Thane, Mumbai, Aurangabad and Pune.
The latest round of anti-toll agitation started on January 26 at a Navi Mumbai rally when Raj Thackeray urged people not to pay toll and last Sunday he announced the state-wide road blockade programme in Pune.
The MNS has made it clear that all toll collections should be stopped for projects where the costs have been recovered and even in others, the rates should be rationalised.