Samajwadi Party leaders and their supporters allegedly assaulted the staff of two toll plazas and brandished their weapons when they were asked to buy tokens just days after SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav told his partymen that hooliganism will not be tolerated.
Ajitmal Block chief Devendra Yadav and his gunner allegedly beat up employees of Mohari toll plaza in Auraiya Friday night when they were asked to pay the tax,sources said. They also thrashed officials who rushed to mediate,police said. An FIR was filed by victims at Ajitmal Kotwali against unknown persons.
In the second incident,a local SP leader and his aides were caught on camera assaulting toll plaza staff on the Lucknow-Faizabad highway when asked to pay the fee. Pappu Yadav and three others were going from Faizabad to Lucknow. They got into a fight with the staff at Raunahi toll plaza,and injured one person on duty. We have filed a case, a police official said.
The toll plaza personnel,including a guard who suffered a fracture in the attack,alleged SP workers refused to take tokens and threatened them with guns before assaulting them.
Sources said it was routine for ruling party men to not pay toll tax.