Maharashtra Bandh LIVE: Maratha protesters stormed into IT office, threatened employees at the reservation protests took a violent turn on Thursday. The protesters pelted stones and asked employees to leave the premises. Road traffic was disrupted in Latur, Jalna, Solapur and Buldhana districts during the day-long Maharashtra bandh, but local trains and buses are running smoothly in Mumbai. Local reports say Maratha protesters, who have banded together under an umbrella body called Sakal Maratha Samaj, halted buses and other vehicles on the road in the four districts.
Maratha faction has given a call to hold a sit-in outside the Mumbai suburban district collectors office. Navi Mumbai, which saw widespread violence during a similar bandh last month, has been excluded from the protest while internet services have been suspended in seven Pune districts. MCD schools are open and functioning as normal, but some private schools decided to remain closed today.
Maharashtra Bandh Live Report:
Scores of passengers were at the receiving end of Maratha agitation as the railway administration was forced to cancel three passenger trains and short-terminated four other, amidst incidents of rail blockade and stone pelting, in Nanded division of the South Central Railway.
10:22 AM (IST)
Buses of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, not plying as a precautionary measure in Pune.
10:26 AM (IST)
Aggregator cabs like Ola and Uber are unavailable in most places as most drivers are not operating out of fear of being targeted during the bandh. There are few cabs on road but the wait time for cabs is 20 minutes at many places and there is a surge price of up to 2x.
10:29 AM (IST)
Windscreens of 3 PMPML buses shattered in Bibwewadi, one bus damaged in Swargate in the morning, buses stopped from operating at Warje Malwadi by agitators.
PMPML presently operating around 700 buses against 1450 in normal days. PMPML has decided not to ply its new midi buses today. Around 200 of them not plying.
10:51 AM (IST)
Nashik: despite no band call in Nashik, MSRTC cancels all its services for the day. No buses plying anywhere in the district.
10:58 AM (IST)
Navi Mumbai: Heavy police and RAF bandobast at Kalamboli near expressway during the Maharashtra band.
11:31 AM (IST)
Security has been stepped up across Maharashtra.
11:32 AM (IST)
Maratha Kranti members protest outside Tehsildar Office in Panvel.
11:38 AM (IST)
Maharashtra bandh: Thane has no impact.
12:05 PM (IST)
Sion-Panvel highway in Navi Mumbai.
12:06 PM (IST)
Maratha organizations start a day-long sit-in agitation at Babasaheb Ambedkar Chowk on Pune-Mumbai highway in Pimpri.
12:20 PM (IST)
Maratha Kranti Morcha members protesting for “Maratha Reservation'” outside collector office at Bandra in Mumbai.
12:45 PM (IST)
There is complete bandh in Hinjewadi village which is home to Rajiv Gandhi IT park. All shops and offices are closed in the village except those of essential services like medical shops, clinics, and hospitals.
02:12 PM (IST)
Maharashtra bandh: Absence of public transport hits commuters hard in Pune.
02:32 PM (IST)
Protestors block old Pune-Mumbai highway at Kanhe Phata and Vadgaon Maval.
02:42 PM (IST)
Maharashtra bandh: Aapli buses go off roads in Nagpur, commuters stranded.
03:09 PM (IST)
BEST buses were diverted on 9 routes in Ghatkopar, Bhayander, Chunabhatti and Barve Nagar due to the bandh protests.
04:05 PM (IST)
The Maratha quota stir took a violent turn in Pune when the police were forced to resort to lathi-charge and bursting of teargas shells to disperse more than 1,000 stone pelting protestors who had blocked the Katraj-Dehu Road bypass near Chandani Chowk for more than four hours since 11 am.
04:09 PM (IST)
Train no 11014 Bengaluru-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus was stopped at Lonavala station from 12.33 pm to 12.45 pm. Around 200 activists conducted rail roko agitation at Lonavala station.