Mumbai Bandh Live Updates: Maratha Kranti Morcha calls off protest in city
As the stir for reservation in jobs and education intensified throughout the day, the agitation was called off in the afternoon
Jul 25, 2018, 18:32 IST
The day-long bandh in Mumbai, called by pro-quota Maratha groups, was called off midway today after violence marred the protests even as one more protester died, a day after consuming poison.
Jul 25, 2018, 17:21 IST
Speaking on the strike during the Zero Hour, NCP member Supriya Sule said the Centre and the Maharashtra government should talk to the agitators as the ir protests have led to deterioration of law and order in the state. The Maratha community, she said, had earlier also carried on an agitation but they were peaceful. BJP, in its election manifesto, had promised to give reservation to to the community, she added.
Jul 25, 2018, 17:04 IST
Extending support to the ongoing Maratha reservation demand, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Wednesday emphasised the need to raise the reservation cap from 50 per cent to 75 per cent.
Jul 25, 2018, 16:25 IST
The community leaders had earlier taken out several rallies in various districts to highlight their demands. Last year, a huge rally was organised by the Maratha Kranti Morcha in this connection in Mumbai. "Whatever we had to convey to the government, we have done so. But we have been disappointed by the government's response over the last two years," Pawar said. He said not a single representative from the government had reached out to the protesters. Attacking the chief minister, the agitation leader said Fadnavis has been "confining himself to his AC room" and never bothered to address their demands.
Jul 25, 2018, 16:20 IST
Another leader of the Morcha said a bandh may be called again on August 9 but a final call in this regard will be taken after consulting all senior members of all maratha morchas. The Maratha Kranti Morcha had given the call for the bandh, demanding an apology from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for alleging that some members from the community were planning violence at Pandharpur town in Solapur district. Fadnavis, who was scheduled to perform puja at a temple on 'Ashadhi Ekadashi' on Monday, cancelled it after the Maratha outfits threatened to disrupt the event.
Photo: Rasta Roko at Ghatkopar. Pic/Sameer Markande
Jul 25, 2018, 16:14 IST
The bandh in the financial capital of India, which began this morning, was called off just before 3 pm after various parts saw violence. "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, leader of the Morcha, told reporters in Mumbai. "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," Pawar added.
Photo: Rasta roko at Thane. Pic/Sameer Markande
Jul 25, 2018, 15:22 IST
A Maratha community member Jagannath Sonavne, who attempted suicide yesterday during ongoing Maratha protest here, died on Wednesday. Sonavne, who consumed poison was undergoing treatment at a hospital. One more protestor, Jayant Sonavne, who also attempted suicide yesterday by jumping into a river, is in a stable condition and undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Jul 25, 2018, 14:55 IST
As per recent updates, the Mumbai bandh has been called off by Maratha Kranti Morcha
Jul 25, 2018, 14:00 IST
A bus was attacked in Ghansoli area of Navi Mumbai following which the city transport authority suspended its services in the area, an official said. Agitators also threw stones at trains passing through Thane and Ghansoli (located on the trans-harbour line in Navi Mumbai) stations and services were halted briefly. "There were isolated incidents at Thane and Ghansoli after 9.59 am. The situation normalised at 10.24 am," CR's chief PRO Sunil Udasi said. Photo/ PTI
Jul 25, 2018, 12:27 IST
The shutdown organisers, the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government and the police have appealed to all groups to maintain peace during the agitation
Jul 25, 2018, 12:25 IST
Schools and colleges functioned normally, though there were reports of drop in attendance. Mumbai's lifeline the suburban trains and long-distance services were largely unaffected and other essential services functioned smoothly
Jul 25, 2018, 12:24 IST
A large group of protestors blocked certain pockets on the Eastern Express Highway and Western Express Highway, disrupting normal traffic movement, as well as arterial roads in the suburbs, stopping all vehicles from plying to and from on the highways.
Jul 25, 2018, 12:19 IST
Roads were blocked in several parts of Mumbai. There was an attempt to block the suburban railway system in Thane. Stones were pelted at city transport buses in Navi Mumbai, and private vehicular traffic was also stopped by the protestors.Most shops and commercial establishments remained shut in important pockets like Dadar, Andheri, Mulund, Kanjurmarg, Borivali, Kandivali, and in many other places as Maratha activists went around requesting shopkeepers to down shutters and express solidarity with their cause
Jul 25, 2018, 12:18 IST
The second phase of the Maharashtra shutdown call by Maratha groups seeking quotas, evoked mixed response in Mumbai and coastal districts of the state, punctuated with incidents of stray violence, in Mumbai. Since morning large groups of Maratha activists armed with saffron flags and banners, took to the streets with noisy processions amidst tight police security in Mumbai and other districts like Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg
Jul 25, 2018, 11:19 IST
According to Pune Railway PRO, all trains are functioning as usual in the region, no delays are expected
There is no impact on railway services in Pune, all trains are plying normally: Pune railway PRO #MarathaQuotaStir— ANI (@ANI) July 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018, 10:31 IST
Maratha group leaders request shopkeepers in Bandra to shut down their shops
Jul 25, 2018, 10:30 IST
Workers of Maratha Kranti Morcha block a local train in Thane. Pic/ANI
Jul 25, 2018, 10:26 IST
Protestors turn to streets in Thane. Video: Saneer Markande
Jul 25, 2018, 09:59 IST
Protests in other parts of Maharashtra on Monday
A constable died and nine other policemen were injured amid suicide attempt by three agitators during the violence. Agitators had 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 had fired in the air to quell protests.
Jul 25, 2018, 09:56 IST
The Maratha Kranti Morcha, which is spearheading the agitation for reservation in jobs and education, has called for the shutdown in Mumbai and some neighbouring districts today. Another outfit, the Sakal Maratha Samaj, called for the bandh in Navi Mumbai and Panvel areas.
Photo: Closed petrol pump at Magathane, Kandivli. Pic/Satej Shinde
Jul 25, 2018, 09:54 IST
Mumbai Local trains Update
The suburban railway services on the western, central, harbour and trans-harbour lines were not affected, officials said. Around 70 lakh people travel in local trains daily in the Mumbai region. Some protestors blocked the railway tracks at Jogeshwari but were evicted by the security forces and normal services resumed in 10 minutes, said a Western Railway spokesperson.
A few protesters stopped the trains on UP fast line at Jogeshwari at 9.16 hrs. However, they were removed from the track & train started at 9.24 hrs. All lines working normal on WR suburban section. #WRUpdates @drmbct— Western Railway (@WesternRly) July 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018, 09:52 IST
Agitators gathered at various locations in the Mumbai region and the neighbouring Raigad and Palghar districts. At some places, protesters raised slogans against Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Public Works Department Minister Chandrakant Patil for allegedly insulting sentiments of the Maratha community.
Jul 25, 2018, 09:50 IST
Protesters attacked public buses in Mumbai, and the neighbouring Thane and Navi Mumbai as the bandh called by Maratha outfits over their demand for reservation began this morning. Two BEST buses were attacked by agitators in Kanjurmarg and Bhandup suburbs of Mumbai.In view of the stone-pelting on buses, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) partially suspended its services in those areas and expects to resume it when the situation improves, an official of the transport body said. Protesters also hurled stones at a public transport bus in Wagle Estate area of the neighbouring Thane city. They blocked some areas there, including the key Teen Hath Naka junction, resulting in long queues of vehicles on the road leading to Mumbai. A bus was also attacked in Ghansoli area of Navi Mumbai following which the city transport authority suspended its services in the area, an official said.
Jul 25, 2018, 09:44 IST
Tyres were set ablaze on Majiwada bridge in Thane. Workers of Maratha Kranti Morcha forcibly shut shops on Thane's Gokhale road.
Jul 25, 2018, 09:42 IST
Thane and Navi Mumbai are geared up, too
Thane: Sukhada Narkar, PRO of Thane Police said, "Since Tuesday, we've been using all of our reserve force for bandobast. Our officials have been deployed at all the important nakas and different teams have also been formed to patrol near these areas."
Navi Mumbai: Tushar Doshi, DCP (crime), Navi Mumbai said, "Our entire staff will be on the road for bandobast. We've kept most of our officials on the highway, to keep a watch on every activity. We've already started patrolling and have more than 30 vans for the same. We've also asked for support from SRPF, hopefully we'll have them tomorrow."
Jul 25, 2018, 09:37 IST
Eye on WhatsApp
The cyber cell of the Mumbai Police, as well as all cops having community WhatsApp groups, will be keeping an eye on viral messages. "Anti-social elements are likely to spread rumours or misinformation. All the cops across the city will be focusing on such messages; those found doing so will definitely face police action," said Deepak Deoraj, DCP (PRO).
Photo taken at Koparkhairane. Pic/Tanmoy Mitra
Jul 25, 2018, 09:32 IST
The cops are all ready to ensure the protests proceed smoothly. They've assured deployment of enough forces on the road to see to it that the agitation remains peaceful. "We've asked for extra platoons of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and Quick Response Team (QRT), which will be placed at strategic locations across the city," said Deepak Deoraj, DCP (PRO), who refused to divulge the number of number of platoons demanded by Mumbai Police. Cops will be keeping eye on locations where protestors might attempt to gather or vandalise. "All major junctions and places that have statues of Shivaji Maharaj will be under the watch of the local police and CCTV. All the entry points of the city will also be manned to avoid any damage to vehicles. Security at the official residences of the Chief Minister and other ministers will be beefed up," said another senior police officer
Jul 25, 2018, 09:29 IST
The Maratha community, which is demanding reservation, has called for a bandh in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and neighbouring cities today after protesting throughout the state on Tuesday
Jul 25, 2018, 09:27 IST
The Mumbai Police is all geared up for today's protests called by the Maratha community. Expecting a strong wave of protests after several violent rallies across the state on Tuesday, the cops have not only called additional forces, but are also keeping a close eye on social media for tackling rumour mongering. Read More
Photo: Protestors at Teen Haath Naka. Pic/Sameer Markande
Jul 25, 2018, 09:26 IST
Quotas for Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 per cent of the state's population, has been a hugely contentious issue. Fadnavis had cancelled his visit to a temple in Pandharpur on Monday after protesters threatened to disrupt the event. Despite assurances from Fadnavis, nothing concrete has been done till now over the demands, 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 yesterday