Shutdown on Mum-Pune Expressway

Jun 14, 2012, 07:26 IST | Priyankka Deshpande

Apart from attacking toll plazas in and around the city, MNS party workers stormed several check nakas across the state, including Pune and Sangli. "Raj saheb had told us to first appeal to the toll naka authorities to shut down, and if they don't agree, then shut them down in MNS style.

However, the authorities cooperated, and shut the toll plazas on their own,” MNS General Secretary of Road and Infrastructure of Western Maharashtra, Sachin Gole, said.

Taking stock: MNS chief Raj Thackeray during his visit to Urse toll naka. Pic/Navnath Kaple

A similar shutdown drive was undertaken at Urse and Somatane toll plaza on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, under the leadership of MNS Pimpari-Chinchwad chief Sanjay Markad. Protests were also held at toll plazas along National Highway (NH) 4. MNS chief Raj Thackeray visited Urse toll naka to scrutinise the effective implementation of the protest. He asked the party workers to keep an eye on the toll nakas that were shut down so that the staff members do not resume work. 

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