Gadkari alleged that Shiv Sena workers in Washim set fire to the contractor's machinery. Thackery has ordered an investigation on this matter.
In a letter, Gadkari mentioned three instances of obstructive behavior by local Sena leaders who allegedly threatened contractors and vandalized equipment, causing workers to fear. He has stated that Sena employees in the Washim Lok Sabha seat had obstructed the work on the three motorways. In addition, the letter indicated that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is re-evaluating whether the road building work should be halted due to the inconveniences.
According to The Times of India, the highway that runs from Gedshi to Washim also involves constructing a 12-kilometer bypass. Sena workers put a halt to road construction through Selu Bazaar village. The contractor started work in response to public demand, but Sena supporters set fire to the contractor's machinery, causing officers to panic and halt the operation.
According to Hindustan Times, the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi administration, led by Uddhav Thackeray, has requested a report from the DGP on the matter. On August 12, the Home Department sent a letter to the DGP, requesting him to take action in such circumstances and provide a report as soon as possible. Sena MP and chief spokesperson Arvind Sawant said that CM ordered an immediate inquiry following Gadkari's letter, and it is unknown whether Sena leaders played a part in this.
However, Uddhav Thackery has ordered a probe and asked for more details on this matter. The involvement of Shiv Sena workers in the attack during road construction in Washim district is not yet proved.