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Toll case on Raj

Mumbai, Jan 29: Pune police have booked Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray in two cases related to vandalism by alleged party workers at toll plazas in the past two days.

Raj, named along with nearly two dozen party workers, faces charges of unlawful assembly, rioting, wrongful restraint and other offences during road blockades by alleged MNS mobs and stone throwing.

The attacks followed a speech by Raj in which he is accused of inciting MNS workers not to pay the tolls and attack plazas if they didn’t get their way. Raj alleges the tolls are not transparent. A PIL filed by him is pending in Bombay High Court.

With the latest charges, Raj faces 133 cases — more than the MNS’s nearly 94 months as a party since Raj set it up in March 2006 after quitting the Shiv Sena.

Many of the other cases are related to his campaign against north Indian migrants. He was arrested once in 2008 for hate speeches but got bail the next day.