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Nanar refinery protest: MNS men ransack company office

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A day after Navnirman Sena chief came out strongly against the proposed Nanar refinery project in the coastal Konkan region, activists of his party today allegedly vandalised the office of the associated company in south

workers circulated the video of the purported incident on the

In the two-minute clip, a few men wearing scarves are seen entering the office and smashing the glass doors and other furniture using stones, before leaving the spot.

When contacted, of Police Sachin Patil said the police have reached the spot in Tardeo area and are conducting a preliminary investigation into the matter.

He said prima facie around six people were involved in the incident though the exact number of vandals is being ascertained.

Addressing a rally in a city suburb last night, Thackeray had said the proposed project would not be allowed to come up in Nanar in the ecologically-sensitive Ratnagiri district.

The Rs 3-trillion project envisages setting up of the world's largest refinery complex in the coastal district.

Farmers and fishermen opposing the project had met leaders, including the chief, across the political spectrum to solicit support for the agitation against the refinery.

Meanwhile, leader justified today's incident.

"We want to express our concern for the project in the language understood by the Our had criticised this project yesterday in his speech and our workers acted today," said Deshpande.

He said the would step up the protests if the government insisted upon going ahead with the project.

While Chief Minister has backed the project saying it would generate employment opportunities for local youths, the BJP's alliance partner, the Shiv Sena, has strongly opposed the refinery.

Congress unit had said the government should accept the fact that local residents were against the project.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:55 IST
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