Maratha bandh: Protest marches, buses targeted in Thane, Navi Mumbai

Mumbai: Incidents of Stone-pelting and protests were reported from a few places in Mumbai on Wednesday as the state braced for the bandh called by the Maratha Kranti Morcha, demanding reservation for the community in Maharashtra.

The residents of the state witnessed shutdowns in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, and several other areas of Maharashtra on Wednesday morning as the Morcha activists took out marches and held up traffic.

Meanwhile, train services are running without any obstruction and security has been beefed up at several stations

Nearly 40 Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police personnel were deployed at Dadar, CSMT and 20 at Kurla.

Shops were closed in Navi Mumbai and auto-rickshaws were off the roads, a day after large-scale violence marred a statewide protest by Maratha outfits demanding quota in jobs and education.

Schools and colleges, however, were exempt from the shutdown.

Incidents of stone pelting on buses were reported from some places including Wagale in Thane and Ghansoli in Navi Mumbai.

The decision to call a bandh (shutdown) was taken at a meeting of Maratha organisations at Shivaji Mandir in Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon. The Maratha Kranti Morcha, an umbrella body of various community groups, announced the bandh.

The Marathas have been agitating for reservation for the community in government jobs and education for a while now.