A group of MNS leaders vandalized the PWD office in Turbhe area in an answer to a controversial statement made by the PWD Minister, Chandrakant Patil, about potholes and road condition in the state and Mumbai. During a press conference, Minister Chandrakant Patil said, “Potholes alone can’t be blamed for deaths,” He further went ahead to add, “When you talk about a death in such an accident, you forget that five lakh other people have travelled on the same road,”, quoted NDTV. As a reaction to this statement, the MNS workers attacked the PWD Department and dig holes to protest against potholes.
A day after the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Monday ransacked the office of PWD department in Navi Mumbai’s Turbhe area, a group of party workers protested against the potholes and poor conditions of roads. They dug up several places outside the Mantralaya in South Mumbai on early Tuesday to mark their protest.
— ANI (@ANI) July 17, 2018
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The incident took place at around 3 am on Tuesday while the roads were deserted. A group of MNS workers arrived near Mantralaya, equipped with spade, started digging up the footpath adjacent to Mantralaya. While some party workers were shouting slogans, many of them were busy in digging the target area. They threw the debris on the main road. A Marine Drive police station patrol van, which was passing by, swung into action and detained eight of the accused while several others managed to flee. The accused were brought to the police station and booked for damaging the public property and unlawful assembly. An official of the APMC police station said that a complaint had been registered against the protesters.
“If people are dying due to poor condition of roads, MNS will continue to undertake such actions. If the roads are not repaired, the next target will be Mantralaya, the state secretariat in south Mumbai,” said Gajanan Kale (MNS unit Chief, Navi Mumbai). Six people, reportedly, have lost their lives till now due to potholes. The protest by MNS workers came one day after Congress workers counted potholes in suburban Bandra as a part of it’s “Aao Potholes Giney” (Come, let us count potholes) campaign.
A few days back, the MNS workers lashed at a movie theatre manager in Pune while protesting against the high rates on popcorn, beverages and other food items in the movie theatre. In Pune, MNS workers outbursted that almost every movie theatre management is selling popcorn of Rs. 5 for Rs. 250 though Bombay High Court has ordered the need for the reduction of food prices in the theatre premises. The MNS workers then dealt with the theatre management in their own ‘MNS style’. The Maharashtra government on July 14 ordered the theatre owners to allow outside food and beverages inside their premises. This is speculated to have come after MNS’ violent protest. MNS’ violent attack on the manager, however, had got a mix reaction from general public.
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