The Maratha Kranti Morcha has yet again paused the smooth functioning of Maharashtra state by calling a state-wide ‘Bandh’ on Thursday. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, warned the protesters against any violence if seen during the protest. The Bombay High Court too sounded in sync with Fadnavis’ appeal. A bench of Justices Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudessai was hearing a plea moved by Activist Vinod Patil against the apprehended violent protest from Maratha community.
“This is a serious matter and concerns all of us. There should be restraint..can’t resort to violence and take law into own hands,” asserted the bench of Justices. The bench of Justices did express their concern over the news of suicide by the protesters during the protest earlier. “We hope and pray that members of the community do not resort to violence or take extreme steps such as suicide,” said the Justices over the suicide news.
Where on one side, major parts of Maharashtra like Aurangabad, Nashik, Kolhapur, Pune and other observed ‘Bandh’, districts like Thane and Navi Mumbai stayed away from resorting to ‘Bandh’. The Maratha Morcha is demanding the state administration to withdraw cases registered against the agitators during the earlier protests. The Morcha leaders like Rajendra Datey Patil and Vinod Patil hinted at organising ‘Chul Bandh’ (No-food Agitation) on August 15 if their demands are not met. They did plead to the youth of the Morcha to remain peaceful and non-violent during the protest on Thursday. The Maratha Kranti Morcha has got support of SMM (Sakal Maratha Morcha) in this protest for Maratha reservation in government jobs and education in Maharashtra.
The effect of Bandh was not seen much in Mumbai too. A visual from GTB Nagar shared by ANI around 8.24am showed normalcy at roads.
— ANI (@ANI) August 9, 2018
However, heavy security force was deployed across the state to prevent any untoward incidents. The internet services was suspended in Baramati, Pune, Khed, Sinnur, Maval like 7 tehsils in the state. The buses of MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation) decided to remain off roads in view of the earlier violent protest by the Maratha community which had caused damage to several public properties, reported ANI.
Following statewide bandh called by Maratha Kranti Morcha over demand for #MarathaReservation, Buses of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, not plying as a precautionary measure in Pune pic.twitter.com/FDbs4VoCfO
— ANI (@ANI) August 9, 2018
The Ola and Uber cabs too showed waiting of around 20minutes at many places while the cabs remained off screen for availability at many places, reported TOI. A violence of windscreen shattering was reported from Bibwewadi, Pune and a bus being damaged in Swargate, Pune was too reported, following which PMPML (Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited) limited it’s bus services in Pune, reported TOI.
Maratha Kranti Morcha gathered outside Collector office in Bandra as well as outside Tehsildar Office in Panvel to seek attention to their demands.
(With Inputs from TOI & ANI)