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Mumbai Potholes: Marine Drive police arrests 6 MNS workers for digging near Mantralaya


**BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE** Mumbai: MNS party workers make an attempt to dig the pavement outside the Mantralaya during a protest against the Municipal Corporation and State Government over unattended potholes on the roads, in Mumbai on early Tuesday morning, July 17, 2018. (PTI Photo) (PTI7_17_2018_000069B)

Mumbai: Hours after ransacking the public works department office in Navi Mumbai, workers from Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) damaged the pavement outside Mantralaya in south Mumbai as a protest against the poor condition of roads across Maharashtra.

The Marine Drive police have arrested six MNS workers for digging up the concrete tiles used to lay the pavement with pickaxes and hammers and throwing the debris on the road, around 3 am on Tuesday.

“We have arrested the men for unlawful assembly and for damaging public property,” said Vilas Gangawane, senior police inspector of Marine Drive police station.

MNS spokesperson Sandeep Deshpande however defended the move and said the officials and dignitaries keep their routes spotless and as a result they should also get the same treatment as other Mumbaikars.

“For what we do, the government acts quickly against us fearing they will get exposed. I am waiting for the moment when they will start arresting those responsible for the potholes across the state?” The potholed roads in Mumbai and its surrounding areas have led to several road accidents and as many as six deaths, leading to public outrage.

On Monday, MNS workers ransacked the PWD office in Turbhe to protest against the pathetic state of the arterial Sion-Panvel highway, an entry point to Mumbai city, which has led to huge traffic snarls.