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Maha’tra bandh underway, Shiv Sena workers block highway in Kolhapur

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Maha’tra bandh underway, Shiv Sena workers block highway in Kolhapur

Mumbai: In view of UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri violence against farmers on October 3, Uddhav Thackeray led Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra has called for a statewide bandh today, on October 11. The bandh has been called by the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies- the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress.

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After a state Cabinet meeting senior Cabinet Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state chief Jayant Patil informed the media that on October 11 the Cabinet has decided to hold ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ to mark their protest against the central government over Lakhimpur Kheri violence, in which a total of eight people including four farmers were run over by a car that was allegedly being driven by Ashish Mishra, the son of Union minister of state for home, Ajay Mishra.

Here are the latest updates on the Maharashtra bandh:

-The bandh, which began at midnight on October 11, seems to have evoked a mixed response so far. Shops and establishments in many districts are shut. Local bus services operated by local urban bodies, too, are mostly off road. However, local train services in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) are functioning normally.

-Shiv Sena workers staged a road blockade in Kolhapur on the Pune-Bengaluru national highway, and were detained by the police. Party activists staged a blockade at Chembur in Mumbai as well.

-Congress will observe a “maun vrat” outside the Raj Bhavan at 11am. Party workers also protested at Solapur’s Mechanic Chowk, resulting in their detention.

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-At least eight BEST buses have been vandalised in Mumbai since last night, a spokesperson of the bus provider said, adding that police protection has been sought for operation of services. Very few buses have operated since morning, the spokesperson further said.

-Traders at wholesale and fruit markets in Pune are supporting the agitation. Auto rickshaw unions, too, have backed the protests. However, state transport buses operated as usual though public bus services will begin only after 12 noon.

-Markets in Mumbai’s Hindmata, Dadar, Lalbaug and Parel remained closed. Navi Mumbai and Nashik AMPC markets are also fully shut.

BJP MLA Nitesh Rane has warned the state government not to shut shops forcefully. Taking to Twitter, BJP MLA Nitesh Rane on Sunday said, “If shopkeepers are ‘forced’ to close shops Tomorrow by any of the MVA karyakartas..then they will have to face BJP karyakartas! Police should ensure no one is forced or else there will be a law and order situation which is not our responsibility”.

Mumbai Police will deploy the maximum manpower at their disposal on the streets on Monday to prevent any untoward incident during the Maharashtra bandh . 

-“Three companies of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), 500 Home Guard personnel and 400 men from the Local Arms units are already deployed as additional manpower for the ongoing Navratri festival security. But, keeping the bandh in mind, Mumbai Police will use the maximum manpower to tackle any situation. Police bandobast will be (stepped up) on streets on Monday,” the official told media.

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To note, eight people, including four farmers, were run over by a car in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3, while taking out a peaceful protest against ministers visit in the city. The farmers died after being knocked down by vehicles reportedly carrying BJP workers, after which an angry mob allegedly lynched some people in these vehicles. On Saturday night, Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was arrested by the police in Lakhimpur Kheri in connection with the October 3 violence. 

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