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Sena protest takes Uddhav to rail yard

Vijay Singh in Mumbai | September 15, 2003 14:58 IST

Shiv Sena's executive president Uddhav Thackrey on Monday led a noisy protest in Mumbai against a hike in suburban train fares.

Asurcharge to raise funds for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project led to an increase of Rs 2 in suburban train fares from Monday.

The Sainiks travelled ticketless on a train from the Churchgate station in south Mumbai to Bandra as a mark of protest against the hike.

The protest misfired initially when the train Thackeray boarded with senior leaders Narayan Rane, Mohan Rawale, Subhash Desai and hundreds of Sainiks headed straight for themaintenance yard.

The embarrassed leaders huffed and puffed for nearly20 minutes in the sweltering heat of the yard before the railway authorities sent for a motorman, who took the train back to the station, and thence to Andheri.

The agitation back on the track, Thackeray told reporters that the surcharge will burden the common man.

He said Shiv Sainiks will continue to travel ticketless till the hike was rolled back.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai Suburban Railway Passengers Association has decided to move the Bombay high court against the hike.

Rawle said top Sena leaders will meet Railway Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday to demand a rollback.

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Sub: We are worth for that!

I wonder and appreciate for the unity of our sainiks for this protest. But what happened to this unity when those blasts occured? I didn't ...

Posted by Ravi Junnuru

Sub: Rail Fare Hike

Hi, The rail fare hikes we observe in the suburban region are often arbitrary and mistimed. I think what the people would find more palatable ...

Posted by Sudhir Raghavan

Sub: Right place

Shiv sainiks boarded a train without a ticket to protest against the hike in train fare by Rs.2/- as they didn't want us mumbaikars to ...

Posted by Naveeta

Sub: Railway protest

It is not funny that shiv sena leaders are orotesting. They are the member of the govt which has proposed this surcharge. They are the ...

Posted by Arvind

Sub: Sena and their Goons were at it again

I take the 9.18 am Bandra local everyday. And to my surprise, I was shocked to see whole train was occupied by the Sena and ...

Posted by Jagruti



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