Maharashtra Bandh Live Updates: Internet suspended, effect on Mumbai
Maharashtra Bandh Live Updates: Maharashtra is bracing for a day-long shutdown today as Maratha organisations have called for a state-wide bandh, except Mumbai, for reservation in government jobs. Government has beefed up security across the state since protests held by Maratha groups last month had witnessed large-scale violence and arson in various parts of the state. The government has deployed six companies of Rapid Action Force, one company each of Central Industrial Security Force and State Reserve Police Force at sensitive locations. It has also cancelled all leaves of policemen. (Maharashtra Bandh Live Updates)
Internet services have been suspended in 7 tehsils of Pune: Shirur, Khed, Baramati, Junnar, Maval, Daund and Bhor, as a precautionary measure
No effect in Mumbai
Educational and other institutions will remain shut in many parts of the state.
A majority of the commercial units in the Chakan industrial area in Pune have also decided to remain closed.
However, all essential services like milk and vegetable supply, schools and colleges have been excluded from the bandh. The bandh will be observed between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm.
The organisation have called for bandh despite Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ assurance that the government would give reservation to the community before the end of this year by November.
Fadnavis had also announced that the mega recruitment of 72,000 employees in the state government will not be opened till the reservation issue is not solved.
The Maratha community, that constitutes around 30 per cent of the state’s population, has been agitating across the state demanding 16 per cent reservation in government jobs and education.
The community members had earlier taken out silent marches across the state to highlight their demands, prominent among them being that of reservation.
The agitation, however, turned violent after a 27-year- old protester jumped to his death in Godavari river near Aurangabad on July 23.
A number of places, especially Koparkhairane and Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai, had witnessed violence during the Maratha quota stir late last month.
Around 20 policemen, including eight officers, were injured in stone-pelting by protesters at Kopar Khairane and Kalamboli. A protester, injured in the violence in Navi Mumbai, had succumbed to his injuries.
While Maratha outfit leaders have called for a peaceful bandh, within the community itself there are many who doubt it