Raj Thackeray detained, freed as MNS attacks toll booths

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MNSMumbai, Feb 12: MNS chief raj Thackeray was Wed detained and so freed as thousands of party activists arranged  beleaguering to toll booths across Maharashtra, forcing the govt. to call him for talks.

After Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan invited the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader for talks Thursday and had him discharged, author suspended the state-wide anti-toll protests.

“Our intention wasn’t to cause inconvenience to people. we needed to focus on and draw the government’s attention to the toll issue,” the MNS founder told the media.

He appealed to party members within the state to suspend their agitation — for currently.

“We hope at tomorrow’s meeting with the CM, the contentious issue would be amicably resolved,” aforesaid MNS advocate Nitin Sardesai.

As author was released from preventive detention, MNS activists withdrew from the roads and 5 hours of tensions mitigated across the state.

By then, however, harm had been done to public and personal property and thousands were caught in traffic jams on several roads and highways.

The problem began once police halted Thackeray’s convoy within the morning once he was going towards Vashi on the Mumbai-Navi Mumbai border during a bid to prevent toll collection.

The MNS says people shouldn’t be forced to pay toll on highways for ever.

His wife Sharmila author staged a sit-in outside the police station in Chembur, denouncing the arrest of party leaders.

The preventive detention came because the MNS agitation unfold across Maharashtra with all major roads and highways being barricaded by thousands of party activists.

On the Aurangabad-Beed route, minor violence erupted as some activists, supposedly from the MNS, drunk buses and personal vehicles once author was detained.

Shalini author, a relative of author and also a party leader, led the activists who mobbed the Dahisar toll in north-west Mumbai.

MNS activists, as well as girls, stormed necessary roads and highways on the outskirts of Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Raigad, Nashik and different major cities to halt the morning peak hour traffic.

In some places, vehicle tyres were deflated, inflicting traffic jams.

However, vehicles transporting college and college students were allowed to proceed. thus were ambulances and vehicles of different essential services.

Police and the fast Action Force were out in large numbers, catching and detaining many MNS activists.

Security was beefed up at 145 toll booths within the state, as well as 5 in Mumbai.

In recent weeks, activists purportedly of the MNS vandalized many toll booths in places like Kolhapur, Thane, Mumbai, Aurangabad and Pune.

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