The town saw heavy police deployment, with 1,000 policemen on duty. Police operations were supervised by acting SP (Thane rural) Anil Khumbare.
The Palghar Bar Association (PBA) observed the bandh to protest the transfer of RG Bagade, first-class judicial magistrate, to Jalgaon. Sudhkar Parulekar, president, PBA, said they did not object to the transfer, “but we are displeased with the way in which it was conducted, as the magistrate was not given an opportunity to explain himself.” The PBA has sent a protest letter to the Maharashtra Bar Council.On Tuesday, the Bombay high court dismissed speculations that Bagade’s transfer had anything to do with his granting bail to the women or the 10 Shiv Sainiks who vandalised Dhada hospital.
Residents chose to stay indoors. “There were no vehicles outside,” said Sanjay Dubey, 47, a building material supplier in Palghar. The police organised bandobast near Shaheen Dhada’s home. Her uncle Dr Abdul Dhada said: “Shaheen and her parents are not in Palghar. I have received police protection and there’s bandobast outside my hospital.”
(inputs from Kiran Sonawane)