Video footage aired by a private news channel also purportedly showed Kadam abusing the all-female staff at the booth. Police said Kadam apparently lost his cool because the staff demanded toll from him while the MLAs are exempted from toll.
He was travelling in a private car at the time. "Kadam and others were charged with non-cognisable offence under IPC sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) at Pimpagaon police station," a police officer said. In a similar incident late last night, supporters of SP MLA Abdul Rashid Momin ransacked a tool booth at Kasheli near Bhiwandi in Thane district and assaulted the staff because the legislator was asked to pay toll.
While the MLA was present during the incident, he later denied that he had instigated or led the attack. An FIR was registered at Narpoli police station in Thane district against Momin and his supporters under IPC sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 323 (causing hurt) among others.
In an unrelated incident, toll recovery at Mangrulphata on Mumbai-Agra national highway was affected after Chandwad MLA Shirish Kotwal (independent) and his supporters started an agitation this morning demanding an underground subway at Vadalibhoi in Nashik district.