Maharashtra bandh highlights: Protestors disrupt traffic at several places in the state
A faction of the Maratha Kranti Morcha called for a bandh, but said that it would be non-violent. Follow live updates here:
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The Maratha agitation’s state-level co-ordinators called for a Maharashtra bandh on Thursday.
One of the groups of the Maratha Kranti Morcha (MMK) has called for a sit-in outside the suburban collector’s office at Bandra, while another faction has announced a bandh demanding 16% reservation for the community in education and government jobs.
The faction that has given the call for a bandh clarified the shutdown will be non-violent. The group’s leaders said essential services such as supply of milk, vegetables, and schools and colleges will be exempted.
Here are the highlights:
Protestors disrupt traffic at several places in the state: PTI
Protesters halted buses and other vehicles on roads in Latur, Jalna, Solapur and Buldhana districts. They blocked the Madha-Shetfal road, which connects to National Highway No. 9 (Pune-Hyderabad) in Solapur district, officials said : PTI
Maratha protestor detained at Chembur
Maratha Kranti Morcha activist detained near Chembur Panjrapole area.
Train halted briefly at Lonavla station
Coimbatore express was halted by protestors at Lonavla station of central railway. The train later left after protestors moved from the tracks.
BEST buses diverted
BEST buses diverted on nine routes in Ghatkopar, Bhayander, Chunabhatti and Barve Nagar, fearing protests.
Shops shut in Thane
Some shops are closed at Ramchandra Nager, Thane.
Protest at Kalyan
Maratha protestors stage protest at Kalyan Tehsildar office
AC buses off the roads in Thane
Thane Municipal Transport keeps Air Conditioned buses off the roads. These have been replaced with non-AC buses
Extra police deployment at prime spots in Thane
Around 500 extra policemen have been deployed on prime spots within Thane commissionerate.
No disruptions anywhere in Thane: Police
Thane Police says there is no disruption anywhere in the city. Though there were protest at five places but those were silent protests.
Protest in Panvel peaceful
Protest by a Maratha group outside Panvel tehsildar office has been peaceful so far.
Maratha group volunteers stage sit-in at Panvel
Maratha Sakal Morcha volunteers stage sit-in dharna at Panvel Tehsildar office
Situation peaceful in Raigad district
Situation is peaceful in Raigad district, but some protests are going on near Urse toll naka, towards Pune.
Navi Mumbai schools ordered shut by the civic body
Schools in Navi Mumbai were ordered shut by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation. The Panvel municipal corporation has not issued any such order but some private schools have declared holiday.
Several schools shut in Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli
Most private schools in Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli have kept shut as precautionary measure.
Smooth traffic on Sion-Panvel highway
The Sion-Panvel highway has seen smooth flow of traffic since morning
Heavy police presence at Kalamboli-Mumbai Pune eway
Heavy police bandobast at Kalamboli - Mumbai Pune Expressway entry point where large scale violence took place on July 25; shopkeepers cautious as they wait outside their shops
State road transport buses not plying in Pune
Following statewide bandh called by Maratha Kranti Morcha over demand for #MarathaReservation, Buses of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, not plying as a precautionary measure in Pune pic.twitter.com/FDbs4VoCfO— ANI (@ANI) August 9, 2018
Domestic airlines issue advisories
Several domestic airlines have issued advisories for passengers in view of the Maharashtra bandh called by Maratha groups seeking reservation in jobs.
Internet services suspended in 7 Pune tehsils
Internet services have been suspended in 7 tehsils of Pune district- Shirur, Khed, Baramati, Junnar, Maval, Daund and Bhor, as a precautionary measure.
Intercity route buses off roads
Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation has kept it’s Intercity route buses off roads fearing vandalism as during Maratha agitation.
Suburban trains running normally
Suburban trains on all four corridors in Mumbai running normally up till now.
Navi Mumbai peaceful
Navi Mumbai peaceful, autos on roads, trains running, most shops opening; strict police bandobast in place.