Mumbai taxis go on flash strike after attack on union office

Mumbai: Over 55,000 taxis in the city have gone on a flash strike after 10 to 15 men attacked the Mumbai Taximen's Union office at Navjivan Society on Lamington Road in Mumbai Central shortly before noon.

Chandrasekhar Nair assistant secretary of the taxi union, said that the miscreants are suspected members of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

They broke computers, snapped phone lines and damaged instruments.

While nobody was assaulted, the union office staff were, however, prevented from stepping out of the premises.

Taximen union chief A L Quadros who was present in the office, immediately announced the strike to protest the attack.

The strike will be indefinite unless taximen are provided adequate security, the union said.

The MNS, however, has denied a hand in the attack. MNS leader Shishir Shinde was quoted on a TV news channel as saying that it was a conspiracy against the party.

A number of north-Indian taxi drivers were allegedly attacked by MNS activists' over the last four days in various parts of Mumbai.

Food vendors and rail passengers hailing from north India have also been targeted by MNS activists since Sunday evening following Raj's anti-north Indian statements.

MNS activists had also clashed with SP cadre in Dadar on Sunday evening.


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