Nanar refinery protest: MNS men ransack company office in Mumbai
MNS workers circulated the video of the purported incident on the social media
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena party workers allegedly vandalised the office of the proposed Nanar refinery project's associated company in south Mumbai on Monday. The incident occurred a day after the party chief Raj Thackeray strongly opposed the project in the Konkan region.
MNS workers circulated the video of the purported incident on the social media. In the two-minute clip, a few men wearing MNS scarves are seen entering the office and smashing the glass doors and other furniture using stones, before leaving the spot.
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner of Police Sachin Patil said the police have reached the spot in Tardeo area and are conducting a preliminary investigation into the matter. He said prima facie around six people were involved in the incident through the exact number of vandals is being ascertained.
Addressing a rally in a city suburb last night, Thackeray had said the proposed project would not be allowed to come up in Nanar in the ecologically-sensitive Ratnagiri district. The Rs 3-trillion project envisages setting up of the world's largest refinery complex in the coastal district. Farmers and fishermen opposing the project had met leaders, including the MNS chief, across the political spectrum to solicit support for the agitation against the refinery.
Meanwhile, MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande justified today's incident. "We want to express our concern for the project in the language understood by the state government. Our party chief Raj Thackeray had criticised this project yesterday in his speech and our workers acted today," said Deshpande.
He said the MNS would step up the protests if the government insisted upon going ahead with the project. While Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has backed the project saying it would generate employment opportunities for local youths, the BJP's alliance partner, the Shiv Sena, has strongly opposed the refinery.
Maharashtra Congress unit president Ashok Chavan had said the government should accept the fact that local residents were against the project.
Edited by mid-day online desk, with inputs from PTI
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