Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists, on Thursday evening, vandalised the Maharashtra State Transport Workers’ Union office at Naupada and thrashed the union workers.
The Naupada police have filed a case of rioting against the MNS activists. The state transport (ST) union workers have threatened to stop work, if the vandals are not arrested soon.
Around 6.15 pm, MNS workers barged into the union’s office located on the ground floor of the ST’s regional office.
They broke chairs and beat the workers, including Suresh Bawa, the union’s divisional secretary.
“The MNS activists, led by Avinash Jadhav, asked for me. When I identified myself, they said: ‘You verbally abused our leader, Avinash Abhiyankar,’ and started beating me and four other workers. They didn’t even let us explain. I don’t even know Abhiyankar,” said Bawa.
Abhiyankar is the general secretary of the transport union of MNS. MNS workers said they had vandalised the office because their party president, Raj Thackeray, was badmouthed at the ST workers’ union meeting at Murbad recently.
“At the meeting, they verbally abused Rajsaab. So, we beat them up… we have just shown them their place,” said Avinash Jadhav, who heads the party’s student wing in Thane.