Mumbai: Staging violent protests against potholes-related deaths in the state, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party workers on Monday night broke the road in front of Mantralaya. Dozens of MNS workers used axes to break road outside Mantralaya, in a violent protest against fatal accidents being caused by deadly potholes during this monsoon season.
At least eight MNS workers were arrested in this connection, a senior police official said. “A group of around 20 workers of the MNS gathered outside the Mantralaya around 3 am today and started digging up a footpath using spades and other tools to protest against the potholes on roads,” he said.
The police staff posted on duty at the Mantralaya rushed towards the protesters and tried to stop them, he said. “All the MNS members present there were taken to the Marine Drive police station, where eight of them involved in digging up the footpath were arrested,” Manojkumar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone -I) said.
The incident comes after another violent protest led by MNS workers in PWD office of Navi Mumbai yesterday, where they broke chairs, tables, computers and tables, in a protest against pothole-related-death.
These are not a new event of violent protests led by MNS in recent times. The protests over pothole-related deaths comes after a similar violent protest taken out by MNS workers over issue of high prices of food in multiplexes, when they beat a manager of film theatre in Pune.
Around a dozen MNS workers had barged into PVR Icon on Senapati Bapat Road and some of them slapped the assistant manager of the theatre, a purported video of the incident showed. The MNS workers were carrying banners protesting the overpricing of food items sold on the multiplex premises.
Meanwhile, the potholes have turned disaster for people during monsoon, where many deaths have occurred by accidents caused due to potholes on roads. Earlier, a women died in Kalyan area of Thane district after getting crushed below a bus. The bike she was traveling on met an accident due to a pothole. Another Kalyan resident was run over by a truck after he slipped and fell down because of a pothole. At least five deaths have occurred in Maharashtra due to accidents caused by potholes.