The Maratha Kranti Morcha calls off the Mumbai bandh, perhaps over the spiralling violence across Maharashtra. The Morcha is expected to call a press conference shortly. For now, the Sion-Panvel highway is still blocked, but with the apex body calling off the bandh, blockades there too should end.
Protesters attacked buses and stopped local trains in Mumbai and the adjoining Thane city today during the bandh called by Maratha outfits over their demand for reservation. The police in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Satara districts were on their toes to prevent any law and order problem during the bandh. In Aurangabad, a man, Jagannath Sonawane, who had consumed a poisonous substance yesterday during the protest, died today at a local government hospital.
Nine public buses were attacked by agitators in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, a transport official said. Agitators threw stones on some buses in Mumbai, including Kanjurmarg and Bhandup areas, shattering window panes.
Image: A show of strength by workers of the Maratha Kranti Morcha at Dadar. Pic: Sahil Salvi