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Maharashtra Bandh: Sion-Panvel highway cleared for traffic as Maratha groups call off shutdown

The Sion-Panvel highway which was blocked by protesters at the Kalamboli junction and Vashi has been cleared now.

FP Staff July 25, 2018 16:11:53 IST
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Maharashtra Bandh: Sion-Panvel highway cleared for traffic as Maratha groups call off shutdown

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Recap: Three policemen got injured during violent protests in Navi Mumbai and Satara

Violence marred the Maratha community's bandh on Wednesday as protesters threw stones at policemen in Navi Mumbai and Satara district, injuring three personnel. The police retaliated and cane-charged protesters, fired plastic bullets and lobbed tear gas shells at them, an official said. Satara's Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil sustained a minor injury while two policemen were injured at Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai.

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July 25, 2018 - 16:24 (IST)

'We are Marathas, we don't hurt anyone'

Maratha Kranti Morcha leader Virendra Pawar said the bandh was successful and denied role in the instances of violence reported in Mumbai on Wednesday.

July 25, 2018 - 16:06 (IST)

Sion-Panvel highway cleared for traffic 

The Sion-Panvel highway which was blocked by protesters at the Kalamboli junction and Vashi has been cleared now, CNN News18 reported.

July 25, 2018 - 16:01 (IST)

Recap: Three policemen got injured during violent protests in Navi Mumbai and Satara

Violence marred the Maratha community's bandh on Wednesday as protesters threw stones at policemen in Navi Mumbai and Satara district, injuring three personnel. The police retaliated and cane-charged protesters, fired plastic bullets and lobbed tear gas shells at them, an official said. Satara's Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil sustained a minor injury while two policemen were injured at Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai.

July 25, 2018 - 15:28 (IST)

Recap: Miscreants pelted stones and set a bus ablaze in Mankhurd

Angry protestors set a BEST bus on fire in Mumbai's Mankhurd area. The fire was extinguished by fire tenders.

July 25, 2018 - 15:21 (IST)

Recap: Heavy stone-pelting took place during the Maharashtra Bandh on the Sion-Panvel Highway

Earlier on Wednesday, protests had turned violent near the Sion-Panvel highway as protestors hurled stones and police had to resort to lathicharge.

July 25, 2018 - 15:17 (IST)

Mumbaikars take a musical break in between the chaos

Earlier on Wednesday, some people took to the road and played music amid the traffic jam caused by the bandh.

July 25, 2018 - 15:00 (IST)

Train services between Thane-Vashi/Nerul on the Trans-Harbour line interrupted

July 25, 2018 - 14:53 (IST)

Deepak Kesarkar to take action on violence reported during the Maratha protests

As protests turn violent in Satara, Maharashtra's minister of state for home (Rural) Deepak Kesarkar said he is looking into the matter as reports of untoward incidents are being reported from some parts of the state, CNN-News18 reported.

July 25, 2018 - 14:51 (IST)

Maratha groups on instances of violence

"The areas that we had designated for protests have seen no instances of violence. The cases of violence that are being reported are from areas where we hadn't organised protests," Maratha Kranti Morcha said on Wednesday.

July 25, 2018 - 14:44 (IST)

Maratha Kranti Morcha's address to the press as they call off Wednesday's bandh

Maharashtra Bandh latest updates: The Sion-Panvel highway which was blocked by protesters at the Kalamboli junction and Vashi has been cleared now, CNN News18 reported.

"We only wanted to prove that we are together. We never wanted protests to get violent," the Maratha groups told the press as they called off the state-wide bandh on Wednesday.

The Mumbai coordinator of the Maratha Kranti Morcha will address a press conference in Dadar at 2 pm on Wednesday.

Protesters have also blocked Mumbai-Pune Expressway near Kalamboli. Certain media reports claim that Central Railway has announced to shut services between Thane and Vashi, News18 reported.

Thousands of Maratha Kranti Morcha workers have commenced their 'grand march' in Kalyan. The shops in Dadar, which were shut down around 11 am, will continue to remain closed. However, essential services have been resumed, CNN News18 reported.

Nine BEST buses have been damaged in Kurla, Bhandup, Andheri, Sakinaka, Kandivali, Koparkhairane and Chandivali areas of Mumbai while Western Express Highway has also been blocked by protestors.

Shops have been shut in Maharashtra's Nashik district as well. Meanwhile, protesters gathered in Shalimar area and raised slogans near the Ambedkar statue in the presence of police personnel, according to a CNN New18 report.

Agitated protests have crippled services in Maharashtra's Akola as city's main market, schools and colleges have been completely shut, CNN News18 reported. The Pune Railway PRO has informed that all trains are functioning as usual in the region, no delays are expected, ANI reported

Meanwhile, even as the Maratha agitation for reservation has intensified in the state, the Backward Class Commission said that it would take at least four more months to give its report on the issue. "The backward class commission is a statutory body and hence we cannot give a time limit to them. But the member secretary informed us that it will take four months to present the report,” Principal Secretary of Social Justice Department, Dinesh Waghmare said.

According to ANI, clashes have broken out between two groups in Udgir in Maharshtra's Latur district when one group was forcibly trying to get people to shut shops and overturned a vegetable cart while attempting to enforce Maharashtra bandh. Police has reached the spot and the situation has been controlled.

Maratha Kranti Morcha members block local trains in Thane. Roads have been blocked in Mumbai's Kandivali East area. According to media reports, protesters are not allowing any vehicles to move.

Jagannath Sonavne, a protester who attempted suicide by consuming poison on Tuesday in Aurangabad's Deogaon Rangari, died in the hospital on Wednesday morning, ANI reported.

Protesters attacked public buses in Mumbai's Kanjurmarg and Bhandup areas and the neighbouring Thane and Navi Mumbai. In view of the stone-pelting, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport partially suspended its services in those areas and expects to resume it when the situation improves, an official of the transport body said. A bus was also attacked in Ghansoli area of Navi Mumbai.

Some members of the Maratha Kranti Morcha have forcefully shut shops on Thane's Gokhale Road. According to CNN News18, the police has arrested some protestors in Mumbai's Ghatkopar area.

Municipal Transportation Committee has halted 67 AC buses as a precautionary measure. However, other buses are plying as usual, CNN News18 reported.

Heavy police deployment is seen in various parts of Mumbai, but trains and BEST buses are plying as usual. However, BEST bus service has been suspended from Airoli to Vashi as protestors threw stones on two buses.

Two Maratha outfits the Maratha Kranti Morcha and the Sakal Maratha Samaj have called for a Maharashra bandh on Wednesday which is  going to affect Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Panvel regions. The shutdown is being observed since morning in various parts of the state but schools and colleges have been excluded from it.

Large-scale violence marred a state-wide protest today by Maratha outfits demanding reservation for the community in Maharashtra, where a constable died and nine other policemen were injured amid suicide attempt by three agitators. Agitators clashed with the police and torched vehicles at several places, while Internet services were suspended in rural areas of Aurangabad district to prevent any untoward incident. In Jalna, the police fired in the air to scatter protesters.

Quotas for Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 per cent of the state's population, has been a hugely contentious issue. Protesters on Tuesday threw stones on a Hyderabad-Latur bus in Nilanga tehsil in Latur.

In Sangli, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said the government has done whatever was within its ambit and now it was up to the courts to take a call on the issue. Some "paid" people have infiltrated the stir, he said. Protester Jagannath Sonawane, 31, from Aurangabad, sought to emulate Shinde's example by jumping onto a dry river bed, while another, Guddu Sonawane, also from the district, consumed poison.They have been admitted to a hospital, police said.

In Thane, activist Mangesh Suryavanshi (38) jumped into a creek near the Ganesh Ghat, but was saved by police and others, Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. He received minor injuries and was admitted to a hospital. In Nanded, police cane-charged protesters to disperse them, an official said.

At Kaygaon, Aurangabad, protesters shouted slogans hailing Shinde as a 'martyr', police said. Pune saw sporadic incidents of stone pelting. Some people threw stones at an administrative building in Baramati and a state transport bus was attacked, ASP Sandip Pakhale said. Maratha Kranti Morcha members took out a rally in Pune.

The bandh received lukewarm response in Yavatmal and Amravati. In Yavatmal, the bandh call was given by the Maratha Mahasangh. In Amravati, activists paid homage to Shinde at Rajkamal Square. They later marched to the Kotwali Police Station and submitted a memorandum addressed to the CM. The bandh received a mixed response in Ahmednagar and Nashik districts.

In Nashik district, activists staged a rasta roko on the Mumbai-Agra National Highway. The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation suspended its services to Aurangabad from Nashik, an official said. Protesters burnt tyres at Sakora in Nandgaon taluka of Nashik, affecting traffic, the Rural Police Control said.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil blamed CM Devendra Fadnavis for the stir taking a violent turn and demanded his resignation. Fadnavis had cancelled his visit to a temple in Pandharpur protesters threatened to disrupt the event. Despite assurances from Fadnavis, nothing concrete has been done till now, community leaders have claimed.
"We will continue our agitation until the CM apologises to the Maratha community (for alleging that some members from the community were planning violence at Pandharpur)," Morcha coordinator Ravindra Patil said.

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