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Raj meets Chavan; new toll policy soon

Posted on Feb 13 2014 | IBNS

Mumbai, Feb 13 : Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) supremo Raj Thackeray on Thursday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over the "illegal" toll collection issue where the latter promised him that a new toll policy will be readied in the next 15 days.

"I met the CM today. He promised me that a new toll collection policy will be readied in the next 15 days. Under the new policy, electronic surveillance will be made mandatory to record exact road traffic," said Thackeray after the meeting.

"I have also asked the CM to audit all toll plazas and shut down 22 illegal booths that we have identified," said Thackeray.

On Wednesday, the Mumbai Police released Thackeray hours after he was detained in Chembur suburb when he was protesting against the "illegal" toll collection issue.

"The Maharashtra CM called me up when I was inside the police station. He invited me for talks at 9 am tomorrow," Thackeray had told reporters after his release.

"After tomorrow's meeting we will decide on our next course of action on the toll issue. Till then, I urge all my party members to protest peacefully and make sure our action does not cause inconvenience to the people," he had said.

The Mumbai Police on Wednesday detained Thackeray near Chembur suburb.

"We have detained Raj Thackeray. All officers have been instructed to handle this agitation firmly and make sure no untoward incident takes place," said Mumbai's Acting Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Chief Minister said Thackeray was indulging in "unnecessary violence".

"I had given Raj Thackeray time for talks. Then why this vandalism? He wants to politicize the issue ahead of the Lok Sabha elections," said Chavan.

Earlier the same day, Thackeray had asked the public to join MNS' road blockade programme.

"I want all people of Maharashtra to join our agitation. This is not my personal issue. But it is an issue of all of you," Thackeray said on Wednesday morning.

The MNS on Wednesday blocked all roads across the state over the "illegal" toll collection issue.

Security was tightened across Maharashtra, especially at toll booths. Additional forces were also deployed outside Thackeray's residence in Mumbai's Dadar area.

So far, nearly 200 MNS activists were detained near Dahisar toll plaza as they were trying to block traffic.

According to reports, at least 100 MNS workers from Nashik, 50 from Thane, 50 from Navi Mumbai and 33 from Vasai were taken into preventive custody.

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