Maharashtra Bandh LIVE updates: Maratha strike enters second day, trains blocked, buses attacked


As the Maratha community’s agitation for reservation in jobs and education intensifies, violence was witnessed in parts of Maharashtra. Maratha Kranti Morcha had called for a bandh in Mumbai and adjoining areas on Wednesday following suicide of a young man who jumped into Godavari river on Monday.

Maharashtra Bandh
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Meanwhile, on Tuesday, two more youths jumped into the river and tried to give life. Maratha agitators have called off in several districts of Maharashtra.

The movement erupted after the suicide of the young man. Protests have taken violent form in Aurangabad, in which one policeman and two other people were injured.

Massive security arrangements are in place in Mumbai, schools and colleges remain open.

The protesters have now vowed to gherao ‘Varsha’, the official residence of the chief minister in Mumbai, press for his resignation and seek finality to their demands, reported The Indian Express.

Fadnavis had earlier said a recruitment drive would be taken up once Maratha reservation gets constitutional and legal sanction. “There would be no injustice meted out to the Maratha community.”

Live Updates:

  • Mumbai: Train services between Thane & Vashi on Trans-Harbour line that were stalled due to Maratha Kranti Morcha’s protest over demand for Reservation in govt jobs & education, resumed after the organisation called off their protest. (ANI)
  • “We suspect some people carried out violent activities with political motives. Otherwise, it was supposed to be peaceful like before. But considering the reports of violence coming from outside Mumbai, we decided to call it off”:  Virendra Pawar, the leader of the Maratha Kranti Morcha  (PTI)
  • “We only wanted to prove that we are together and proved it. We never wanted protests to get violent and therefore, we are calling off our bandh in Mumbai for today”: Virendra Pawar, the leader of the Maratha Kranti Morcha  (PTI)
  • Vehicles burnt by protestors in Kalamboli on Sion Panvel Highway
  • Bus burnt in Thane, roads blocked
  • “I support demand. I appeal protesters to protest peacefully. We need to make a law in parliament and raise reservation cap from 50% to 75%, will also raise this issue in NDA,” says Union Minister & Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athawale  (ANI)
  • Schools, hospitals, medical and other essential services exempted from Bandh
  • After markets and shops, Protestors are now shutting down petrol pumps
  • Mumbai-Pune highway blocked
  • Protesters raise slogans against Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
  • “We are not blocking any road. We are carrying out a peaceful protest. We have told our workers that there should be no inconvenience to the police or govt due to our protest. We are asking people to shut down their shops,” says Maratha Kranti Morcha  (ANI)
  • Agitation not linked to next year’s general elections, say Maratha leaders
  • Bus tires put on fire in Thane, stir intensifies
  • Shops shut, buses stopped mid-way in Thane
  • Bus services suspended
  • Agitation not linked to next year’s general elections, say Maratha leaders



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