Zee Media Bureau
Kolhapur: Total bandh was observed in Kolhapur on Monday after call for complete shutdown was made by Shiv Sena protesting against the toll collection at nine roads leading to the city.
Shops remained shut and life was paralysed after in protest against the IBRC Infrastructure Developer`s decision to start toll collection.
Leaders of Shiv Sena had earlier said that medical services will not be affected by the bandh and hospitals will remain open.
The protest turned violent on Sunday after protesters vandalise and four toll plaza booths and burnt down the toll plaza property.
Kolhapur residents have been protesting against the toll collection at the booths from the last three years.
Around a a week ago, members of anti-toll action committee had launched a hunger strike against toll collection after which the Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Satej Patil and Labour Minister Hasan Mushrif had assured them that government would ask the company to stop toll collection.
However, collection continued till Sunday leading to protest.
Police claim to have detained some protesters vandalising the booths.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan appealed to the agitators to remain calm.