Workers of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Thursday vandalised a toll booth after an argument with employees stationed at the Kharegaon barrier.
Reports claimed that MNS workers were angered after a toll attendant allegedly refused to let MNS supremo Raj Thackeray’s convoy pass without paying the stipulated tariff.
He apparently told a lady MNS worker that he didn’t know who Raj Thackeray was.
MNS workers then went on a rampage attacking the toll booth and vandalising vehicles stationed there.
The MNS has been at loggerheads with the state government over the collection of toll tax across highways in the state. And earlier, the Maharashtra government had said that it was mulling the option of attaching Thackeray’s property to recover the cost of damage caused by party activists when they vandalize toll booths across the state.
Home Minister RR Patil said the government may recover the cost by attaching properties owned by Raj.
MNS workers have gone on the rampage, vandalising toll plazas in different parts of the state following party chief’s diktat not to pay the levy and “thrash” those who raise a voice against it.
Raj Thackeray topped up with a direct threat. He warned of “wreaking havoc” at houses of toll contractors who use force to collect the levy.
“I appeal to people of Maharashtra not to pay toll till the state government implements changes in the toll policy,” Raj told.