Mumbai and its surroundings area of Thane and Navi Mumbai are on the edge today after Maratha outfits demanding reservation for the community in Maharashtra issued a shutdown call today.
The ‘Maratha Kranti Morcha’, which is spearheading the quota stir, has called for a Mumbai bandh, while the ‘Sakal Maratha Samaj’ has called for a shutdown in Navi Mumbai and Parvel.
The state-wide agitation saw sporadic violence on Tuesday at various place like Marathawada, Palghar, Ahmednagar, Osmanabad, Beed, and Aurangabad.
The Western Maharashtra and Marathawada district are mainly affected by this agitation and scheduled shut down activity.
According to reports two people have attempted suicide, one jumped into Godavari River, and another consumed poison. Both were rescued and admitted to hospitals, but did not survive.
Today, the bandh supporters’ have blocked roads, pelted stones on commercial vehicles, and stopped normal running of rail. The bandh supporters even burnt ‘BEST Buses’ at Western Mumbai.
Furthermore, supporters’ also blocked the Western Expressway highway that connects Mumbai with others parts of state.
After one hour of successful blockage police intervened and prevented the agitators from taking control of the highway.
In West Mumbai, Kandivali, Lokhandwala, Jogeswari were worst affected by this bandh. Auto rickshaw and Best bus drivers’ were threaten for plying in the roads.
A large rally was carried on at Dadar, where all the local shops’ were forcefully shut down, reported sources.
A local shop owner of Shivaji Park area told Our Correspondent that today early in the morning he was asked to shut-down his shop.
It was also report that a brief attempt was made to halt suburban train services on Mumbai’s Western Railway. A small group of protesters attempted blocking train movement around 10am, however, authorities dispersed the group, and train services remained unaffected.
At Navi Mumbai stray incidents of violence are being reported from Thane. While some protesters set tires ablaze on the city’s Majiwada bridge.
A Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus was vandalised in the Wagle estate area. It was also reported that tires were set on fire on the Majiwada bridge in Thane.
In another part of Thane, supporters of the Maratha Kranti Morcha were seen forcibly shutting shops. Airoli-Vashi NMMT bus services were suspended after protesters pelted stones on two of their buses near Ghansoli.
A spokesperson of Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport said that their bus service will remain unavailable through-out the day.
Meanwhile, in an early morning development it was confirmed that the Shiv Sena will not support this bandh. Though they are supporting Maratha Morcha but unwilling to support the bandh.