Maharashtra Bandh: protesters disrupt road traffic

Maharashtra Bandh: protesters disrupt road traffic


Mumbai, Aug 09: Maratha agitators disrupted road traffic in some parts of Maharashtra today as part of their statewide protest over the reservation demand. The 10-hour bandh call was observed by Maharashtra State Maratha Kranthi Morcha (MKM) coordination committee and Sakal Marath Samaj, an umbrella body of Maratha group. Navi Mumbai has been exempted from the bandh call as widespread violence had been witnessed last month during protests here.

In Pune, as a precautionary measure, buses of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation(MSRTC) were not operating because of the statewide bandh. In Nashik also MSRTC cancelled all its service for the day. No buses are plying anywhere in the district. Ola and Uber are unavailable in most places as most drivers are not operating out of fear of being targeted during bandh. There are few cabs available but running on a surge price that is twice that of the normal charge.

A group of protesters is holding a sit-in outside the Mumbai suburban district collector's office. Internet services have been suspended in seven Pune districts. The wholesale vegetable market in Dadar is also closed. Heavy police deployments have been made in Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur.

Western Railway in a statement said the Mumbai suburban services are running normal. In Mumbai, the law and order situation is normal. The bandh has not disrupted public transportation and buses and autos are operating as normal. Shops and business establishments are also open. There is heavy police deployment across the city. A pro-quota group blocked roads in Latur resulted in the disruption of vehicular movement. In Nashik, Buldhana and Solapur districts also agitators have blocked roads.

As per one of the coordination member of MKM, Vinod Patil clarified that each district coordinator of MKM has been directed to take decision on Bandh as per local condition. Meanwhile Amol Jadhav, co-ordinator of MKM said that shut down will not be effective in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane.